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Fake news adds to India’s flood torment

Cristiano Ronaldo has not donated $11 million to the Kerala flood disaster fund and there are no cracks in a key dam, but India's fake news machine has been working overtime to fuel confusion and fear. The Kerala state government and India's military have issued rare warnings about viral social media messages as they confront the aftermath of floods which have killed some 420 people. The deluge of false news, videos and claims also comes as the Indian government steps up pressure on Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms to act against fake news, blamed for inciting more than 20 lynchings in the past two months. Some postings have been relatively harmless. Portuguese footbal...Keep on reading: Fake news adds to India’s flood torment.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 22nd, 2018

Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump is promising to address what he says is the "very serious situation" of social media companies "suppressing" conservative voices and "hiding information" and good news. Trump has made similar complaints recently, but he targeted Google on Tuesday. Trump said in a pre-dawn tweet that included a typo that a search for "Trump News" on Google "shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD." He adds, "Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?" Trump also claimed without evidence that 96 percent of the "Trump News" ...Keep on reading: Trump takes on Google in complaints about social media.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Media bootcamp established to counter flood of fake news

Media bootcamp established to counter flood of fake news Source link link: Media bootcamp established to counter flood of fake news.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Indian editor arrested for fake news on monk

BANGALORE, India – Indian police have arrested the editor of a website for publishing a fake report that Muslims had attacked a monk from the Jain faith, officials said Friday, March 30. Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested in southern Karnataka state on Thursday, March 29, on charges of spreading fake and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2018

Journalism for the people: The Rappler narrative

By: Herman M. Lagon SOCIAL media trolls are busier than ever as they currently flood the cyber world with fake news and hate messages all directed to Rappler, a relatively fresh, no-holds-barred, and cutting-edge media platform in the country. For Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa, in her recent Senate Hearing narrative, “this (situation) provides us […] The post Journalism for the people: The Rappler narrative appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Asia under water: How 137 million people’s lives are being put at risk – CNN News

Khorsheeda Khatun had been left with nothing &'8212; then that too was washed away. The 28-year-old fled her home country of Myanmar in January with her two daughters, escaping the latest outbreak of violence, and was living in the Kutupalang Makeshift Settlement in Bangladesh when cyclone Mora arrived five months later and displaced up to 500,000 people. &'8220;My house was shattered. It broke the wooden planks supporting my hut and blew away the polythene rooftop. The wind and water destroyed whatever little possessions we had,&'8221; she told UNICEF workers in June. Several weeks later, across the Himalayas in South China, over 12 million people were forced to flee their homes as flood waters rose for yet another year. In China's southeastern Jiangxi province alone, flooding this year has so far caused $430 million in damages and economic losses. In neighboring Hunan province, 53,000 homes have been destroyed &'8212; and the flooding has yet to fully recede. Increasingly severe weather, triggered by climate change, is putting hundreds of millions of people at risk across the rapidly developing countries of southern Asia. &'8220;In the next 30 years, it is projected that heavy rainfall events will be increasing &' in Asia, by about 20% for sure,&'8221; climate scientist Dewi Kirono at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) told CNN. Southern Asia is already the wettest area on the continent and one of the wettest regions in the world,receiving an average of at least 1000mm of rainfall a year. As the rains fall harder, more than 137 million people in India, Bangladesh and China will be put at risk of coastal or inland flooding, more people than in the rest of the Asia-Pacific combined, a study in 2012 found. Aggravating flooding through poor drainage and short-sighted planning is the sprawling, rapid urban growth across South Asia, built to accommodate the millions of rural residents moving to cities. &'8220;You still have to have proper draining. It was a green field and now it's an urban area. Quite often, if you don't do that, (because) you've concreted everything the flood run-off is so much higher and the deaths are much worse,&'8221; Oxford University visiting fellow and WWF advisor Paul Sayers told CNN. The majority of flood-related deaths and injuries worldwide since 1950 have been in three countries: China, India and Bangladesh. According to statistics from Belgium's Universite Catholique de Louvain's Emergency Events Database, since 1950, more than 2.2 million people in these countries have been killed by flooding. That includes the estimated two million people who died during the disastrous 1959 floods in China. The world's leading authority of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), wrote in its latest report the Asia region was already suffering &'8220;huge economic losses&'8221; from weather and climate disasters, with one quarter of the entire world's economic losses from disasters in Asia alone. As flood swept through central China in July 2017, leaving devastation in its wake and almost 90 people dead or missing, locals took to Weibo to express their horror. &'8220;The road is blocked, the electricity is downed, water is polluted, no phone signal is detected, elderly (people) and children are waiting for food,&'8221; said one user living in Shilong Village in Hunan province. Photos accompanying the post showed cracked walls, piles of trash and mud everywhere. &'8220;The major district has turned to a dead city,&'8221; another user said. Almost every year in the past decade, more than 1,000 people have died in China, India and Bangladesh from flooding, according to the Database, and millions of dollars in damage has been done. The problem centers around three of the great Himalayan rivers of South and East Asia: The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Yangtze. About 500 million people, or 50% of the population in India and Bangladesh, and about 300 million people, or about 25% of the population of China, live within the flood basins of these three rivers. Taken together, the three waterways support an estimated 14% of the world's total population. In China alone, the enormous Yangtze flood plain, full of fertile soil and easy river access, is responsible forabout 40% of China's GDP. &'8220;Many Asian cities, and especially some megacities, have been built in the deltas of major rivers where ports could link the cities to the global economy,&'8221; a report by the Asian Development Bank in 2012 said. When the heavy rains higher up in the flood plains flow into these rivers, water levels rise dramatically &'8212; and floodwaters pour into the surrounding cities and towns. For example, this year, torrential rains caused a Yangtze tributary in Hunan to rise a record 3.2 meters above the warning level, bursting its banks and swamping crops and houses. Still, these factors have been here for years. Why is the danger growing now? Flooding in urban environments is more costly in terms of lives and loss of property because without a natural way to disperse the floodwaters they can cause damage &'8220;beyond the scope of the actual (flood),&'8221; experts say. &'8220;A lot of the urbanization &' has happened in a largely unplanned matter. For instance they don't have risks adequately taken into account, they don't invest enough in sustainable drainage,&'8221; Abhas Jha, the World Bank sector manager for Transport, Urban and Disaster Risk Management for East Asia and the Pacific, said. Of course the huge rush of rural residents to China and India's cities hasn't helped, as cities expand deeper into floodplains and build hurriedly to accommodate their citizens. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Report: Russian propaganda effort spread fake news

NEW YORK — A new report suggests a "sophisticated" Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidentia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2016

EDITORIAL - Preventable diseases

A fake news report circulated recently about certain members of prominent families landing in the intensive care unit or even dying of a severe strain of pneumonia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News15 hr. 28 min. ago

World s largest religious festival begins in India | Inquirer News

NEW DELHI --- The world's largest religious festival is on-going in northern India's most populous states Uttar Pradesh. The fair is popularly known as Kumbh Mela. It is a mass Hindu pilgrimag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Fake news spreads in Cotabato City as Bangsamoro plebiscite nears

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Rumors circulated Saturday night, January 19, that some Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) proponents in the city were rushed to the hospital due to food poisoning. (READ:  As Bangsamoro vote nears, tensions rise in Cotabato City ) In a Facebook post, a certain Ainon Young G warned her fellow members of the Bangsamoro not to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Japan Turns Over Disaster Reduction Equipment to the Philippines - Philippines

Japan Turns Over Disaster Reduction Equipment to the Philippines - Philippines ReliefWeb English News and Press Release on Philippines about Contributions, Disaster Management and Flood; published on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON --- Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks "that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post that one network operated in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the other focused on Ukraine. The people running the accounts represented themselves as independent news sources and posted on topics like anti-NATO sentiment and pr...Keep on reading: Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Another fake Filipino nabbed at NAIA Manila Bulletin News

Another fake Filipino nabbed at NAIA Manila Bulletin Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers have arrested a Malaysian with a fake Philippine passport at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Goan wedding brings Filipino woman face to face with SFX | Goa News - Times of India

Goan wedding brings Filipino woman face to face with SFX Times of India PANAJI: When Joan Janola Rodriguez entered the Basilica of Bom Jesus on Tuesday, she remembered the words of her grandmother ab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

[ANALYSIS] Dengvaxia scare: How viral rumors caused outbreaks

  Fake news can kill, and the Dengvaxia scare is a perfect example of it. The Dengvaxia vaccine was a promising solution to the scourge of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease to which hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fall victim each year. But in November 2017 Dengvaxia’s developer (Sanofi Pasteur)  revealed that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Macalintal pushes for social media literacy education for senior citizens

A crusader for senior citizens’ rights, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, is pushing for social media literacy education to help senior citizens avoid the pitfalls of fake news. Macalintal pushes for social media literacy education for senior citizens Source link: Macalintal pushes for social media literacy education for senior citizens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Trump has good news

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump said Friday he would make it easier for top-skilled workers to stay in the United States and become citizens, offering uncharacteristic praise for immigrants’ contributions. Trump pledged to reform coveted H1-B visas, for which three-quarters of applicants are from India, most of them in the technology sector. “H1-B holders in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Facebook bans PH company for spreading lies, fake accounts Duterte, Robredo, Sotto enjoy majority approval, trust of Filipinos – survey Next case for Trillanes: Charged with grave threat in Pasay Facebook's presence can't be completely removed on select Android phones – report No host for 2019 Oscars {module 3998}.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Online bazaar peddles fake news as bizarre marketing ploy

MANILA, Philippines--E-retailer Promo Shopping Bazaar has a bizarre way of promoting its products--peddling fake contents. The website, which plugs its merchandise on its Facebook page, says it sells books online. But it looks like the shop employs a marketing strategy that is twisted. In its bid to sell its e-book Universal Beauty, supposedly authored by newly-crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray, Promo Shopping Bazaar placed 10 ads on Facebook. In one of its sponsored contents, the online shopping startup digitally manipulated an INQUIRER.net breaking news story about Gray bagging the Miss Universe 2018 crown in a competition held in Bangkok last December 17. Promo Shopp...Keep on reading: Online bazaar peddles fake news as bizarre marketing ploy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Older people, conservatives more likely to share fake news – study

WASHINGTON, USA – Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published Wednesday, January 10. Researchers from Princeton University and New York University analyzed the Facebook posts of nearly 1,200 people who agreed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Filipino youth are now aware of ‘political, societal issues’ – lawyer

By: Gail T. Momblan THE Filipino youth had grown more aware of the country’s political and societal issues, according to lawyer Chel Diokno, chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG). According to Diokno, the consciousness of the youth was molded by educational institutions and their exposure to the Internet. Amidst the proliferation of fake news in […] The post Filipino youth are now aware of ‘political, societal issues’ – lawyer appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019