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Facebook Files: ‘Orchestrated’ media campaign behind new leaks, alleges company

In the most recent entry of “The Facebook Files” series of exposes, the Wall Street Journal claimed, citing leaked documents, that Facebook's own engineers have doubts about how successful artificial intelligence will be in cleaning up hate speech and excessive violence on the platform.
American media outlet Wall Street Journal is releasing a series of exposes based on material provided by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager on the civic integrity team at the tech company. (File Photo / REUTERS)
American media outlet Wall Street Journal is releasing a series of exposes based on material provided by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager on the civic integrity team at the tech company. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 19, 2021 10:20 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Daniel Pearl murder accused Omar Sheikh to stay in Pak jail for now

Sindh government officials confirmed that they would not release them and instead seek permission from the court to keep them detained.
A March 29, 2002 file photo of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-murder, appearing at a court in Karachi, Pakistan.(AP file)
A March 29, 2002 file photo of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-murder, appearing at a court in Karachi, Pakistan.(AP file)
Updated on Dec 27, 2020 08:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Janardhanan

US deeply concerned by Pak court ruling to release Daniel Pearl’s killers

In 2002, Pearl, the 38-year-old journalist of The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story of terror groups’ links to Al Qaeda.
The Sindh High Court on Thursday has directed to release terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, the accused in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl.(AP file photo)
The Sindh High Court on Thursday has directed to release terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, the accused in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl.(AP file photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 05:59 AM IST
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Washington | ByAsian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Brazil scientists say Sinovac vaccine CoronaVac has proven effective in late-stage trials: Report

Brazil is the first country to complete late-stage trials of CoronaVac, which is also being tested in Indonesia and Turkey.
Refrigerated containers with China's Sinovac vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos, Brazil.(REUTERS)
Refrigerated containers with China's Sinovac vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos, Brazil.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 01:31 PM IST
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Sao Paolo/Rio De Janeiro | ByReuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Facebook attacks Apple’s iOS changes in full-page newspaper ads

The ads, slated to run in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, carry the headline “We’re standing up to Apple for small businesses everywhere.”
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, US.(REUTERS)
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, US.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 16, 2020 03:39 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai

Covid-19 is far more dangerous than any vaccine

The clinical trials required by the FDA can’t prove any vaccine is perfectly safe, but what we’ve learned through these trials should be reassuring. You can’t get the disease from these vaccines, and the risks associated with them are tiny compared to risks associated with getting Covid-19.
The risks are also tiny compared to the economic insecurity, lost education and deep isolation brought on by the pandemic and our interventions to try to stop it.(Unsplash)
The risks are also tiny compared to the economic insecurity, lost education and deep isolation brought on by the pandemic and our interventions to try to stop it.(Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Google removes some IAC browser extensions for ‘policy violations’

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Google was deciding whether to impose severe penalties on IAC over what Google concluded were “deceptive marketing practices”.
Google’s investigators found that IAC’s browser extensions often promise functions they do not deliver and steer users toward extra ads, the WSJ reported, citing sources and documents.(REUTERS)
Google’s investigators found that IAC’s browser extensions often promise functions they do not deliver and steer users toward extra ads, the WSJ reported, citing sources and documents.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 06:18 AM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

India’s confirmed dose purchases of Covid-19 vaccine exceed 1.5 billion: Report

India’s confirmed dose purchases exceed 1.5 billion which is more than European Union’s 1.2 billion doses and the United States 1 billion doses.
India’s confirmed Covid-19 vaccine dose purchases have crossed the 1.5 billion mark, according to report by Duke University’s Launch and Scale Speedometer Initiative.(REUTERS)
India’s confirmed Covid-19 vaccine dose purchases have crossed the 1.5 billion mark, according to report by Duke University’s Launch and Scale Speedometer Initiative.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 08:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

‘Demonstrate neutrality’: Congress welcomes Facebook’s India leadership change

The Congress in August wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and called for an inquiry into a report suggesting the social media company was biased towards the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in censoring hate speech
The Wall Street Journal report in August suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(REUTERS File)
The Wall Street Journal report in August suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(REUTERS File)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 12:38 PM IST
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Scholars unite in fight with FB over tool to check ads

The executive, Allison Hendrix, said the tool violates Facebook rules prohibiting automated bulk collection of data from the site. Her letter threatened “additional enforcement action” if the takedown was not effected by November 30.
The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used to act as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.(AP)
The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used to act as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.(AP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 03:21 AM IST
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Boston | ByAssociated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

The outcry over Facebook’s threat was immediate after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Friday because the “Ad Observer” tool provides valuable insights into what ads are targeting specific types of voters.
Researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used to as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.(AP Photo)
Researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used to as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 07:25 AM IST
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Boston | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Pakistan’s top court stays release of Daniel Pearl murder accused

The Supreme Court also accepted an appeal by the family of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter to join as a party in the case.
This March 29, 2002, file photo shows Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-slaying.(AP)
This March 29, 2002, file photo shows Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-slaying.(AP)
Published on Sep 28, 2020 08:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad

Former senior Boeing officials defend 737 max design: Report

Keith Leverkuhn and Michael Teal, who oversaw the development of the aircraft, didn’t concede any procedural mistakes, according to the article, which cited transcripts of closed-door interviews that will be part of a government report to be released this week.
A service truck is seen stopped next to a Boeing 737 Max aircraft in storage at the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington.(REUTERS)
A service truck is seen stopped next to a Boeing 737 Max aircraft in storage at the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 03:54 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai

Chinese chipmaker denies military ties as US steps up feud

US regulators are considering adding Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. to a list of foreign buyers that need government permission to acquire technology or components, according to The Wall Street Journal and other outlets.
Chinese and US flags flutter near The Bund, before US trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China.(REUTERS)
Chinese and US flags flutter near The Bund, before US trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 02:16 PM IST
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Beijing | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai

Covid-19 vaccine developers plan pledge, Russian shot ‘passes early trial test’: All you need to know

Coronavirus disease outbreak has killed nearly 870,000 people and infected more than 26 million others worldwide as well as upended hundreds of millions of lives and wreaked havoc on the global economy.
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine Covid-19" sticker and a medical syringe.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 05, 2020 09:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai

Will continue to remove hateful content: Facebook assures Congress

Facebook explained how its decisions on these issues are not taken unilaterally but through a collective decision involving different views from teams around the company
Facebook’s letter also cited that the latest Transparency Report showed how the social media company took action against violating content across its platforms.(Reuters)
Facebook’s letter also cited that the latest Transparency Report showed how the social media company took action against violating content across its platforms.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 05:01 PM IST
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BJP alleges Cong-Facebook nexus, new report says Das took credit for ‘Modi’s campaign’

Facebook has been courting controversy since earlier this month when reports emerged that Das had allegedly let communal posts by members of the ruling BJP slide, even though they were in violation of its hate-speech policy
Facebook had said that the reports were taken out of context.(REUTERS)
Facebook had said that the reports were taken out of context.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDeeksha Bhardwaj

Congress writes to Zuckerberg on probe details, alleges nexus between WhatsApp and BJP

Venugopal’s letter to Zuckerberg came in the wake of an article in Time magazine, which Congress said “revealed more information and evidence of biases and a quid pro quo relationship” of Facebook India with the BJP.
This is for the second time in a month that Congress general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal has written to Zuckerberg on the allegations of Facebook being biased towards the ruling party.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
This is for the second time in a month that Congress general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal has written to Zuckerberg on the allegations of Facebook being biased towards the ruling party.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 07:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Why Facebook is wrong, yet again |Opinion

Its commercial model incentivises hate speech, threatens democracy, and disrupts peace
Indian citizens must have the tools to hold the tech industry accountable(AP)
Indian citizens must have the tools to hold the tech industry accountable(AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2020 05:57 AM IST
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ByDipayan Ghosh

Facebook ‘interfering’ with India’s electoral democracy: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg

K C Venugopal, the Congress general secretary (organisation), kept up the party’s attack in a letter to Zuckerberg over the issue. He referred to the report and said the social company provided the BJP with “favourable treatment on election-related issues”.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address in San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal report on Friday suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(AP)
CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address in San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal report on Friday suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(AP)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 06:11 PM IST
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Former RSS ideologue Govindacharya wants parliamentary probe in workings of social media platforms

In 2014, KN Govindacharya wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call off his meeting with Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, until issues such as data protection, taxation and user privacy are not resolved.
KN Govindacharya has been leading a campaign seeking regulation of social media platforms
KN Govindacharya has been leading a campaign seeking regulation of social media platforms
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 11:41 AM IST
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Facebook India exec files FIR over ‘violent threats’

In her complaint, Das said the threats began on Friday evening after the WSJ report appeared. The alleged harassment included death threats on Twitter, threats on Facebook and circulation of her photographs on social media with defamatory comments.
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo.(Reuters File Photo)
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 02:59 AM IST
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James Murdoch resigns from News Corp board over editorial differences

While tendering the resignation, Murdoch also cited differences over certain strategic decisions of the company.
James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid.(REUTERS)
James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 11:32 AM IST
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London | ByReuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Report says Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok’s US ops, Donald Trump considers ‘banning’ app

The Wall Street Journal Friday night reported that Microsoft, headed by Indian-American Satya Nadella, is in advanced talks to acquire the US operations of TikTok. The deal could run into billions of dollars.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused TikTok of collecting personal information of Americans.(Reuters File Photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused TikTok of collecting personal information of Americans.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 08:56 AM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Podcast | Covid-19 Fallout: Migrants, the Economy, and Foreign Policy (Live from Zoom!)

This week, Milan sits down with podcast regulars Sadanand Dhume of the American Enterprise Institute and the Wall Street Journal and Tanvi Madan of the Brookings Institution for a special live edition of the Grand Tamasha news round-up.
Updated on May 20, 2020 07:33 AM IST
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Podcast: India’s Coronavirus Response, Anti-China Sentiment, and the Communalization of Covid-19

How India is faring in its pitched battle against the Coronavirus, the reasons behind festering anti-China sentiment among many Indians across the political spectrum and more.
Published on Apr 22, 2020 07:46 AM IST
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Boeing to offer voluntary layoffs to employees to tide over coronavirus fallout, say sources

Boeing Co is set to offer buyout and early retirement packages to employees, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, a bid to mitigate the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Boeing was initiating a voluntary layoff plan that allows eligible employees who want to exit the company to do so with a pay and benefits package, one of the people said.(Unsplash)
Boeing was initiating a voluntary layoff plan that allows eligible employees who want to exit the company to do so with a pay and benefits package, one of the people said.(Unsplash)
Published on Apr 02, 2020 03:32 PM IST
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Seattle | ByReuters

Podcast: Trump’s India Trip, Delhi Riots, and India in American Domestic Politics

This week, Milan Vaishnav sits down with podcast regulars Sadanand Dhume and Tanvi Madan to discuss US President Donald Trump’s India visit, Delhi riots and more.
Updated on Mar 04, 2020 09:54 AM IST
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China using visas as weapons against journalists: Chinese foreign press corp

The report said that the Chinese government is using “visas” as weapons to intimidate journalists from abroad “like never before”.
In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, photo, journalists dressed in protective overalls visit the Mengniu dairy factory in Beijing.(AP)
In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, photo, journalists dressed in protective overalls visit the Mengniu dairy factory in Beijing.(AP)
Updated on Mar 02, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

China expels 3 WSJ journalists for ‘racial’ opinion piece they didn’t write

The three expelled Beijing-based WSJ reporters are not known to have contributed to the piece titled “China is the Real Sick Man of Asia”, written by US-based professor, Walter Russel Mead.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the editors used such a racially discriminatory title, triggering indignation and condemnation among the Chinese people and the international community.(AP)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the editors used such a racially discriminatory title, triggering indignation and condemnation among the Chinese people and the international community.(AP)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 03:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis
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