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Is China spreading asthma in India through firecrackers? Govt junks fake news

The PIB fact check handle on Twitter alerted that the home ministry hasn't issued any alert against Chinese firecrackers and decorative lights for spreading asthma and blindness. 
The fact checker team of Press Information Bureau on Wednesday debunked the fake message being spread in the name of home affairs ministry. (Twitter/@PIBFactCheck)
The fact checker team of Press Information Bureau on Wednesday debunked the fake message being spread in the name of home affairs ministry. (Twitter/@PIBFactCheck)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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BJP shares photo of scribe, claims him to be party cadre killed in clashes

Abhro, who lives in the national capital region, also shared the screenshot of the video from Facebook and also shared the link along with the tweet.
This scribe's photo was used by the BJP IT cell to claim that a BJP party worker has been killed. (YouTube/BharatiyaJanataParty)
This scribe's photo was used by the BJP IT cell to claim that a BJP party worker has been killed. (YouTube/BharatiyaJanataParty)
Published on May 06, 2021 05:24 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Unnao case: FIR against 8 Twitter handles for 'fake news'

The FIR has been lodged for propagating "fake and misleading news" regarding the incident.
Police personnel investigate the site where bodies of two minor Dalit girls were found and another in critical condition on Wednesday evening near Baburaha village in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. (HT_PRINT)
Police personnel investigate the site where bodies of two minor Dalit girls were found and another in critical condition on Wednesday evening near Baburaha village in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. (HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 02:32 PM IST
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Madhu Kishwar posts anti-India Islamic rally video, booked for spreading fake news

Kolkata police has registered an FIR against Kishwar over her tweet, which has attracted considerable attention.
Kishwar’s tweet pertaining to an Islamic anti-India rally that was held in Bangladesh was red flagged by Kolkata police.(Courtesy- Twitter -@KolkataPolice)
Kishwar’s tweet pertaining to an Islamic anti-India rally that was held in Bangladesh was red flagged by Kolkata police.(Courtesy- Twitter -@KolkataPolice)
Updated on Nov 09, 2020 04:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Posted by Abhinav Sahay

India among targets of shadowy cyber espionage group uncovered by Canada-based Blackberry

Blackberry, based in Waterloo in Ontario province and once famous for its smartphones, published a 92-page report in which it dubbed the unnamed cyber espionage group ‘BAHAMUT: Hack-for-Hire Masters of Phishing, Fake News and Fake Apps’
The shadowy group ran fake news websites and harmful smartphone apps, according to Blackberry.(AFP/ File)
The shadowy group ran fake news websites and harmful smartphone apps, according to Blackberry.(AFP/ File)
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 04:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Election officials in Bihar told to fact check, call out fake news

A template has also been attached with the letter sent by the election department to DMs for fact checking.
The state election department has also started the process of shadow zone area mapping of booths to assess whether booths, especially located in rural and remote areas, have good mobile connectivity or not.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The state election department has also started the process of shadow zone area mapping of booths to assess whether booths, especially located in rural and remote areas, have good mobile connectivity or not.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 09:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anirban Guha Roy

CM Mamata Banerjee’s 100 sit-ups solution for those spreading fake news

Launching a veiled attack, the Trinamool Congress said the “IT cell (of a party)” was hard at spreading rumours in the state.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses a Police Day programme at Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.(PTI)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses a Police Day programme at Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 09:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent

Report that central govt has decided not to re-open schools till December fake: PIB

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Thursday rejected a media report saying that the Central Government has decided to not re-open schools until December.
Updated on Aug 14, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Nandini

‘Take care before you share’: Nazma Aapi is back with her witty yet important message on fake news

In her usual amusing way, Saloni Gaur as Nazma Aapi talks about how fake news is spreading fast and turning into a huge problem.
Posted on her official Twitter and Instagram accounts, the video starts with Gaur greeting the audience.(Twitter@salonayyy)
Posted on her official Twitter and Instagram accounts, the video starts with Gaur greeting the audience.(Twitter@salonayyy)
Published on Jul 01, 2020 01:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury

Here’s why it’s important to be digitally literate and avoid spread of misinformation

With the sea of information available online, it is necessary to impart ‘digital literacy’ tips to people as it will only help them to differentiate fact from highly toxic and even dangerous fiction, suggests a new study.
This study is among the first to systematically explore the role of digital media literacy shortfalls. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
This study is among the first to systematically explore the role of digital media literacy shortfalls. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 04:21 PM IST
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Washington D.C. [USA] | By Asian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma

NCERT launches e-Raksha competition 2020 on Digital citizenship, online safety and tracking of Fake news

Interested and eligible candidates can register and apply for the competition online at eraksha.net on or before September 30, 2020.
The results of the competition are scheduled to be announced on November 1, 2020.(HT file)
The results of the competition are scheduled to be announced on November 1, 2020.(HT file)
Published on Jun 03, 2020 01:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Akhilesh Nagari

Haryana board class 10 result likely in end of May, beware of fake news: BSEH secretary

BSEH secretary Rajiv Prasad said that few people, including some media houses, have been running fake news that class 10 results will be declared on Wednesday.
Representational image.(HT file)
Representational image.(HT file)
Published on May 20, 2020 07:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rohtak | By Sunil Rahar

Facebook post about Uttarakhand CM’s death fake, case filed

The matter came to light after the state police headquarters received four screenshots of the fake Facebook posts, claiming that CM Rawat is dead.
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. (Photo @tsrawatbjp)
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. (Photo @tsrawatbjp)
Updated on May 06, 2020 02:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Kalyan Das | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

Ratan Tata takes on fake news again, says didn’t write quote attributed to him

Ratan Tata called out the article for being fake and also shared a message in his tweet.
The headline of the article, when translated from Hindi, reads “Ratan Tata’s message: 2020 is the year of survival, don’t worry about profit and loss”.(Twitter/@RNTata2000)
The headline of the article, when translated from Hindi, reads “Ratan Tata’s message: 2020 is the year of survival, don’t worry about profit and loss”.(Twitter/@RNTata2000)
Updated on May 04, 2020 01:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Kohli

AICTE instructs institutions to beware of fake news on social media

In the circular, the council has directed all institutions to only believe in the notices issued on the MHRD/UGC/AICTE official website.
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 17, 2020 01:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Akhilesh Nagari

New Year fake news has General Rawat in cross-hairs, PIB rushes with denial

The fake letter coincides with General Bipin Rawat’s elevation as India’s first CDS, with an aim to achieve greater efficiencies and synchronization between the three armed forces, in all spheres including recruitment, training and operation.
A fake letter fraudulently attributed to General Bipin Rawat has been doing the rounds on social media.(Courtesy: Twitter/@PIBFactCheck)
A fake letter fraudulently attributed to General Bipin Rawat has been doing the rounds on social media.(Courtesy: Twitter/@PIBFactCheck)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 11:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Rise of fake news and echo chambers | Opinion

More insidious has been the slow seepage of bias and hate into every strata of society.
Members of a white nationalist group during a rally in Ukraine in October 2019.(AP)
Members of a white nationalist group during a rally in Ukraine in October 2019.(AP)
Updated on Dec 30, 2019 06:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

No, RBI didn’t introduce new Rs 1,000 note. The claim is fake

A closer look reveals that there are several discrepancies in the images.
The image is being widely circulated on social media.(Twitter/@marthandankasi)
The image is being widely circulated on social media.(Twitter/@marthandankasi)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 12:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal ‘fake news’ law

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the opposition-controlled upper chamber to block it.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who ousted Najib at last year’s polls, was investigated for allegedly spreading fake news days ahead of the election. He was an opposition leader at the time.(Reuters Photo)
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who ousted Najib at last year’s polls, was investigated for allegedly spreading fake news days ahead of the election. He was an opposition leader at the time.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2019 07:40 PM IST
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Kuala Lumpur | By Agence France-Presse

Congress sets up war room to counter fake news during Maharashtra assembly polls

The war room was inaugurated by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who called it the need of the hour, considering the role of the social media in campaigning.
Mumbai, India - Oct. 6, 2019:Mumbai Congress party War room at Tilak Bhavan Dadar in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, October 6, 2019. (Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times)(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - Oct. 6, 2019:Mumbai Congress party War room at Tilak Bhavan Dadar in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, October 6, 2019. (Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times)(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2019 11:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

Fake news more dangerous than paid news: Information & Broadcasting Minister Javadekar

We have seen in the last few months that fake news on social media and gossip, rumours on child lifting have resulted in the deaths of more than 20-30 people in mob violence, said Prakash Javadekar.
Fake news has to be stopped and that is our joint work. It is not just the government’s job, it is everybody’s job said I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar(HT PHOTO/Mohd Zakirs)
Fake news has to be stopped and that is our joint work. It is not just the government’s job, it is everybody’s job said I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar(HT PHOTO/Mohd Zakirs)
Updated on Oct 03, 2019 10:39 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Income Tax Return: IT department says ‘ITR-date-extended’ message on social media fake

September 30 is the last date for filing of ITR for all those whose accounts are to be audited like companies, partnership firms, proprietorships, etc. IT department has asked taxpayers to not be waylaid by a fake notification claiming extension of the date of filing ITRs
IT department has denied extending the date of filing Income Tax Returns to Octobre 15, it says the notification claiming so is ‘fake’(Mint Photo)
IT department has denied extending the date of filing Income Tax Returns to Octobre 15, it says the notification claiming so is ‘fake’(Mint Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2019 04:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Another FIR registered against journalist booked for spreading fake news about police in Noida

On August 24, five journalists were booked under the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, 1986, and the police arrested four of them for allegedly peddling fake news against police personnel through their web portals.
FIR was registered at the Beta 2 police station on Monday against one of the five journalists who had been booked by the Noida police last week for allegedly defaming the police and spreading fake news.(HT Photo (Representational image))
FIR was registered at the Beta 2 police station on Monday against one of the five journalists who had been booked by the Noida police last week for allegedly defaming the police and spreading fake news.(HT Photo (Representational image))
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 10:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | By Tanmayee Tyagi, Noida

Facebook acts on ‘sensational’ health cures after report

The fact check unit will have officials from the PIB as well as employees hired on contract to monitor platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to flag news that is fake and has the potential for creating social unrest.
The report said Facebook and Google-owned YouTube outlined their plans to curb the spread of such fake medical claims after being presented with the findings of the investigation.(HTFile)
The report said Facebook and Google-owned YouTube outlined their plans to curb the spread of such fake medical claims after being presented with the findings of the investigation.(HTFile)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 09:58 PM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Cops click on cyber battle front with digital army, social media war room

Digital volunteers will help the UP police keep a hawk eye on cyberspace and stop troublemakers in their tracks during the Lok Sabha election.
UP police have launched a major exercise to take on spread of fake news during elections.(HT File Photo)
UP police have launched a major exercise to take on spread of fake news during elections.(HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2019 11:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rohit K Singh, Lucknow

Trump blasts theories of body double of his wife Melania

Trump alleged on Wednesday in a tweet that photos of his wife had been altered to make them appear as though a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week to survey tornado damage.
US President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media.(AP)
US President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media.(AP)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 08:14 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP for curbs on fake news but against ‘silent period’ extension

The ruling party wants print media, door-to-door campaigning out of restriction ambit.
The Umesh Sinha Committee was constituted by the EC last year to address the ‘challenges in the wake of expansion and diversity of media platforms’.(Reuters)
The Umesh Sinha Committee was constituted by the EC last year to address the ‘challenges in the wake of expansion and diversity of media platforms’.(Reuters)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 07:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Rajeev Jayaswal

Trump says ‘Tim Apple’ gaffe was on purpose, it saved time

During remarks at the roundtable, Trump raised eyebrows when -- with Cook sitting to his right -- he said: “We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”
Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business leaders last Wednesday had been on purpose.(REUTERS)
Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business leaders last Wednesday had been on purpose.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 11, 2019 09:43 PM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Fighting fake news: Decoding ‘fact-free’ world of WhatsApp

Misinformation Ecosystem: From outright falsehoods and misleading data to bigotry and hate, everything is circulated in the closed encrypted world of WhatsApp.
People are seen as silhouettes as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing WhatsApp Inc's logo in this arranged photograph in London, UK.(Bloomberg)
People are seen as silhouettes as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing WhatsApp Inc's logo in this arranged photograph in London, UK.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Mar 05, 2019 10:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Samarth Bansal and Kiran Garimella

Fact-check your forwards to keep misinformation at bay

At a time when various social media platforms are being used to pass off rumours as news, it is crucial we fight back by browsing responsibly.
Be it WhatsApp or any other social media platforms, more accountability needs to be brought in, as people read and forward messages mindlessly.(Bloomberg / Photo used for representational purpose)
Be it WhatsApp or any other social media platforms, more accountability needs to be brought in, as people read and forward messages mindlessly.(Bloomberg / Photo used for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 25, 2019 12:08 PM IST
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