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In this Monday, April 8, 2019, photo, a customer watches election campaign advertisements on his mobile phone outside a shop in New Delhi, India. From manipulated pictures being picked up by mainstream news media, to misrepresented quotes sparking communal division, false news and hateful propaganda on digital platforms are at peak levels in the run-up to the Indian general elections (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
April 10, 2019 - 4:44 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media. Rai looked intently at a flurry of videos and photos on WhatsApp about an Indian airstrike in Pakistan, including pictures labeled as...
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India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters attend an election campaign rally in Hyderabad, India, Monday, April 1, 2019. India's general elections will be held in seven phases starting April 11. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
April 02, 2019 - 7:58 pm
BHIMTAL, India (AP) — When India's Election Commission announced last month that its code of conduct would have to be followed by social media companies as well as political parties, some analysts scoffed, saying it lacked the capacity and speed required to check the spread of fake news ahead of a...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump waits for his son Barron Trump, and first lady Melania Trump after speaking with reporters outside the White House in Washington before traveling to Alabama to visit areas affected by the deadly tornadoes. Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media. Trump is claiming that photos of his wife were altered to make it appear that a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 13, 2019 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media. He spun off a new theory on Wednesday to debunk the idea that there's a body double of his wife who steps in for her at times. The "fake news" did it, he claimed without...
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EU Commissioner for Security Union Julian King talks to journalists during a joint news conference with EU Commissioner for Digital Economy Mariya Gabriel at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. European Union authorities are urging Facebook, Google and Twitter to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
January 29, 2019 - 7:36 am
LONDON (AP) — European Union authorities warned leading tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections. The EU's executive commissioners said that while the U.S. internet giants...
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An employee at a photography institute checks his Facebook account in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, a top security official with the global social media platform said Thursday. The sites _ nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda _ were created by Bangladeshis associated with the government, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told the AP in an exclusive interview. (AP Photo)
December 21, 2018 - 12:14 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform told The Associated Press. The sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic...
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Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. A report compiled by private researchers and released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday says that "active and ongoing" Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
December 18, 2018 - 4:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight. Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. and beyond...
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European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, left, and European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova participate in a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018. The European Commission on Wednesday reported on an Action Plan to counter disinformation and the progress achieved so far. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
December 05, 2018 - 10:24 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating "fake news" campaigns from their platforms ahead of elections next year. Officials from the EU's executive Commission unveiled the measures...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts for suspected “coordinated inauthentic” behavior on the eve of U.S. midterm elections. The social media company said in a blog post late Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 that it shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram and says it’s investigating them in more detail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
November 07, 2018 - 3:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent disclosures on blocking suspicious accounts show that the company's efforts to root out election meddling are working — to a point. What's not known is how much the company isn't catching and whether this "whack-a-mole" fight will ever end, as those wanting to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018 file photo, a man works at his desk in front of monitors during a demonstration in the war room, where Facebook monitors election related content on the platform, in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook and other social platforms have been waging a fight against online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections coming soon on Tuesday, Nov. 6, there are signs that they're making some headway, although they're still a long way from winning the war. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 06, 2018 - 4:26 pm
LONDON (AP) — Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections. The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts and is investigating them in...
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In this Oct. 2, 2018, photo, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, center, announces a crackdown against "fake news" during a cabinet meeting at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea declared a crackdown against supposed “fake news” flourishing online, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials here have proclaimed a threat to democracy. (Choe Dong-joon/Newsis via AP)
October 25, 2018 - 8:16 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of "fake news," South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials have declared a threat to democracy. The plans have drawn an outcry from civil liberty...
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