US officials to use fake social media accounts to check people entering country

US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship. An updated Homeland Security Department review of potential privacy issues dated July 2019 that was posted online on Friday essentially reversed a prior ban on officers creating fake profiles. … Read more US officials to use fake social media accounts to check people entering country

Facebook’s Battle Against Fake News Helped by This Tiny US Think Tank

A day before Facebook announced that it had discovered and disabled a propaganda campaign designed to sow dissension among US voters, it exclusively shared some of the suspicious pages with an online forensics team so busy it hasn’t put a nameplate on the door. The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is based in a 12-foot-by-12-foot office in … Read more Facebook’s Battle Against Fake News Helped by This Tiny US Think Tank

WhatsApp to Build India Team as Part of Reported Steps to Curb Fake News

WhatsApp has informed the government that it is building a local team, including India head, as part of steps to check fake news circulation but has not met the key demand of identifying message originators, according to official sources. The popular messaging app is under fire over abuse of its platform for circulation of fake news … Read more WhatsApp to Build India Team as Part of Reported Steps to Curb Fake News

Twitter Said to Be Suspending Over 1 Million Accounts Per Day in Bid to Battle Fake News

Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post. The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to the Post, has more than … Read more Twitter Said to Be Suspending Over 1 Million Accounts Per Day in Bid to Battle Fake News

Twitter Says Reports Claiming Indian Leaders Have Fake Followers Are Deeply Flawed

HIGHLIGHTS Reports had claimed PM Modi had over 60 percent fake followers Fake follower measurement tool is not our product: Twitter “The methodology used by ‘Twitter Audit’ is deeply flawed” After reports surfaced that some of the top Indian politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modiand Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter accounts are infested with fake followers, the … Read more Twitter Says Reports Claiming Indian Leaders Have Fake Followers Are Deeply Flawed

7 Simple Ways To Spot A Fake Website From A Real One And Stay Safe Online

The Internet may be a very convenient way to connect with loved ones, do your shopping, and even watch a movie to pass the time. However, it can also be a dangerous place. If you’re not careful, you can end up getting scammed out of your money, or worse, your identity. So here are a … Read more 7 Simple Ways To Spot A Fake Website From A Real One And Stay Safe Online

Facebook Deletes Thousands of Accounts in Fight Against Fake News

Facebook says it has deleted tens of thousands of accounts in Britain ahead of the June 8 general election in a drive to battle fake news. The tech giant also took out newspaper advertisements in Britain’s media offering advice on how to spot such stories. The ads suggest that readers should be “skeptical of headlines,” … Read more Facebook Deletes Thousands of Accounts in Fight Against Fake News

Experts Say Automated Accounts Sharing Fake News Ahead of French Election

French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country’s presidential election, though the onslaught of “junk news” is not as severe as that during last year’s US presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers. The study to be published Friday and another published on Wednesday add evidence … Read more Experts Say Automated Accounts Sharing Fake News Ahead of French Election

Facebook Launches ‘Disputed’ Tag to Crack Down on Fake News

Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped “fake news” crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as “disputed” the stories that are deemed false by fact checking organisations, the media reported on Sunday. The new feature uses non-partisan third-party organisations like Snopes and Politifact to assess the factual accuracy of stories reported as fake … Read more Facebook Launches ‘Disputed’ Tag to Crack Down on Fake News

Facebook vows again to fight fake news post election

Twitter, meanwhile, shirks blame for any outcome Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 29, 2015 Credit: Martyn Williams 1COMMENT Blair Hanley Frank IDG News Service Nov 10, 2016 5:01 PM At the end of an ugly presidential campaign the likes of which the U.S. has never seen, Facebook has acknowledged it has a lot … Read more Facebook vows again to fight fake news post election