Fake Opinion Poll With BBC Logo Says BJP Will Win in Karnataka

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There is no reference whatsoever to this opinion poll on the BBC website, and the logo has probably been added to lend credibility to the numbers. With elections to the Karnataka assembly just around the corner, numerous pre-poll surveys have crawled out of the woodwork. One such survey is circulating on social media with the logo of BBC News attached to it. According to this opinion poll by Janta Ki Baat, the BJP is set to win Karnataka with a simple majority. The poll predicts 135 seats for the BJP, 45…

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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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India’s crackdown on fake news masks a more sinister message

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What exactly constitutes fake news? Who in India propagates it? And how should it be discouraged or stopped? These vexing questions dominated India’s national debate last week, after Narendra Modi’s government declared its intention to blacklist mainstream media journalists accused of creating or propagating “fake news”.  New Delhi’s diktat did not define what would constitute “fake news”, but seasoned Indian journalists agreed the rules would be a way to harass reporters for publishing stories not to the administration’s liking.  After a vociferous outcry — including from TV channels usually sympathetic…

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Facebook fuels fake-news fight with fleet of fact checkers

As Facebook faces scrutiny at home in the United States over its handling of user data, it’s looking to step up its efforts to combat fake news abroad. After a well-publicized attempt in 2017 to fight the spread of erroneous information in Germany ahead of the European nation’s elections, Facebook is looking to do the same thing in India. Last week the social network announced the launch of a dedicated fact-checking program in the Asian nation, and its pilot program will begin operations in the state of Karnataka. In an…

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Karnataka Assembly polls: Social media data less of a concern in Indian politics than fake news, say experts

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While the Cambridge Analytica scandal has created concerns over the breach of privacy by data firms, agencies providing election management services in the Karnataka elections say that social media is not at all useful in planning out election campaigns. “Social media data is not useful for any predictive analysis in the Indian political context because nearly 70 percent of India is off the grid,” said Yeshma Nanjappa, corporate communication specialist at Bengaluru-based 5Forty3 Datalabs. “Usage of data and analytics in this day and time is unavoidable and the process itself…

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Fake Social Media Profiles of Muslims to Bolster BJP

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A Muslim name. That too a woman. Celebrates the recent success of Yogi Adityanath and constantly appreciates the ‘greatness’ of PM Modi. Very critical of Muslims. Repeatedly brands the entire Muslim community as extremist. Blind nationalism. Wouldn’t that be a dream come true for the entire right-wing? Enter Gini Khan. Claims to be an atheist who lives in Canberra, Australia. Ticks all the boxes, the number of retweets she gets shows how popular she is in the right-wing ecosystem. (Screenshot Courtesy: AltNews) Gini Khan indeed says all the things that…

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