Indian fact-checkers step up fight against ‘fake news’

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Web startups aim to debunk bogus reports ahead of state and national elections NEW DELHI — As the southern Indian state of Karnataka gears up for elections on May 12, a series of false stories about politicians has emerged in local media. In late April, a report named a list of politicians who would campaign for the state’s ruling Congress Party. A few days later, a right-wing website and some regional media reported that officials of the state’s income tax department had raided the home of a local minister. The…

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FB bans non-Irish abortion poll ads


Dublin: Facebook will no longer accept advertisements from outside Ireland related to the country’s May 25 abortion referendum, the US firm said on Tuesday, in its latest move to boost the transparency of its political advertising. The social media group, under scrutiny for its role in Britain’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election, made the move following criticism that foreign advertising could be a decisive in the campaign to overhaul one of the world’s strictest abortion regimes. “As part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections…

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Facebook makes major management overhaul


Facebook reshaped its product and engineering teams into three units, including an emerging technologies division focused on blockchain technology used for cryptocurrencies. Facebook has confirmed an unprecedented management team shakeup in the aftermath of a major data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remained chief of Facebook, with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg his second-in-command. Chris Cox, a longtime member of Zuckerberg’s inner circle, was put in charge of Facebook’s core application as well as smartphone services Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, the California-based company confirmed.…

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Tips on how to build your brand on social media

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WASHINGTON (ABC7) —  With apps like social and twitter being an important tool for distributing and receiving information, social media marketing and branding is important to get your business started. CEO of DC Media Connection Angel Livas shared a how-to guide to building your brand online. Courtesy:

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Ugandan government plans tax on social media

Uganda plans to introduce a new tax on social media users from July, prompting concerns that President Yoweri Museveni is attempting to crack down on opposition to his 32-year-rule. The move is unlikely to go down well in a country where more than 40 percent of people use the internet. Finance Minister Matia Kasaija told Reuters that the tax will levy 200 Ugandan shillings (US$0.027) per day on each mobile phone subscriber using platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. “We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that…

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The new game of politics – Why social media is so important on the campaign trail

The Illinois gubernatorial election is coming up in November of this year. But if you ask many people in the Metro East or downstate Illinois, it certainly doesn’t seem like it. Politicians used to come to the small communities in downstate as part of their election barnstorming. But this year, the top candidates have spent very little time in southern Illinois. Part of the reason is the power of Chicago politics. The other parts taking the blame range from social media to advertising dollars, and even the diminished power of…

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Old Politics and New Media: Social Media and Malaysia’s 2018 Elections


A closer look at what social media means for the country’s elections and its future. As the hours count down to Malaysia’s election, the social media blitzkrieg in Malaysia’s last stretch of election campaigning has continued unabated. In Malaysia, using social media to capture votes is hardly a new phenomenon. Yet even in virtual reality, as seen elsewhere in the 14th General Election (GE14), change is afoot. Those most capable of maneuvering these shifting sands will have an edge in GE14, though it remains questionable if an online advantage will…

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More than a million Turks say ‘Enough’ to Erdogan on social media


ANKARA (Reuters) – More than a million Turks piled onto social media to call time on President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, making the word “Tamam” (“Enough”) a trending topic worldwide after he promised to step down if the people wanted it. “If one day our nation says ‘enough’, then we will step aside,” he said in a speech in parliament. The most popular – and divisive – politician in recent Turkish history, Erdogan has ruled for 15 years, overseeing a period of sharp economic growth and a widespread crackdown against…

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Hate preachers who use social media face tougher sentences

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Hate preachers who use social media to peddle their extreme views could face tougher sentences under new proposals being considered. Influential figures who enjoy large followings on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could face up to six years in prison if found guilty of inciting violence or hatred. The move, which is currently being considered by the government, is aimed at giving more powers to the courts when dealing with people convicted of serious public order offences. It will allow the courts to hand out tougher punishments to those in…

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Karnataka Polls 2018: How BJP and Congress leverage social media during campaigns

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With increasing internet connectivity and smartphone usage, social media is now a major platform for campaigning during elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are on the last leg of their campaigns, with the Karnataka elections just around the corner. In an attempt to woo voters, both parties are going all out and attacking each other on social media, just as much as they are doing in rallies and roadshows. Social media played an important part in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that saw Narendra Modi and the BJP win big.…

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