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

Government “not that visible” against fake news

A fact-checking network said the government “is not visible enough” in the fight against the spread of false information in the Internet......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Social media seen spewing fake news again

BAGUIO CITY --- Despite efforts to rid social media of fake news, next year's elections may not be spared from manufactured events and information, according to a group seeking to stop the proliferation of fake data online.   The 2016 elections were flooded with 22 million fake Facebook accounts, said Tiffany Jungco, program officer of the coalition Fact Check Philippines (FCP), which conducted a day-long seminar and workshop at University of the Cordilleras here on Thursday.   Facebook has been criticized for providing fake news with a platform.   It has since taken down 13 million accounts for spreading false information. But 19 million fake accounts re...Keep on reading: Social media seen spewing fake news again.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Zamboanga City’s Team Climaco condemns misinformation, fake news

MEMBERS OF THE Team Climaco have strongly criticized and condemned misinformation drive by allegedly hatched by their political foes and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

WATCH: How to check if a report is a hoax

MANILA, Philippines – At a time when misinformation can spread with the click of a button, it's important to know how to spot a real news report as opposed to a fake one. One kind of false news report is the "death hoax," which claims that certain people ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

13 Artists Award exhibit: mirror of society’s illnesses

THE WINNERS of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists awards this year demonstrated that they’re not only concerned with their aesthetics, but also with what is happening in reality. The recipients have responded to the problems of our times: extrajudicial killings, social injustices, the oppressed’s endless plight, and fake news......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Villanueva: Don’t vote for credit-grabbers, purveyors of fake news

Senator Joel Villanueva warned the public on Tuesday against senatorial wannabes who are either credit-grabbers or purveyors of fake news.   "Dapat mag ingat ang ating voting public, especially this coming elections lalo na dito sa Senado dahil maraming nagbabadyang sumira ng reputasyon ng Senado..." Villanueva told reporters in an interview at the Senate.   (The voting public should be careful, especially this coming elections, particularly here in the Senate because there are many who are threatening to destroy the reputation of the Senate.)   "I trust naman our voting pubic na mas magiging intelehente sila. Nakaka-annoy sila kasi na sobrang daming fake...Keep on reading: Villanueva: Don’t vote for credit-grabbers, purveyors of fake news.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

NCRPO warns vs ‘fake news’ on Facebook

An official cautioned the public yesterday against spreading fake news through Facebook posts......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat | News

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Northern hemisphere weather is stealing the limelight right now. Hurricane Florenc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Ina ng binatilyong nasabugan sa bibig ng vape, masama ang loob sa mga basher

Naglabas ng sama ng loob ang ina ng 17-anyos na lalaki na nasabugan ng vape o electronic cigarette sa bibig dahil sa mga natanggap na puna at nagsabing “fake news” ang nangyari sa kaniyang anak nang i-upload niya sa social media ang insidente. Source link link: Ina ng binatilyong nasabugan sa bibig ng vape, masama ang loob sa mga basher.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Lousy shot

In an effort to boost what would likely be an anemic showing at the polls next year, Liberal Party’s (LP) ace Mar Roxas is now banking on fake news harping on the supposed leap in the expenses of Office of the President (OP) during Rody Duterte’s watch. The comparison of OP expenses, first off, was […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

UK-Canadian ‘grand committee’ seeks to question Zuckerberg

LONDON --- Parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada on Wednesday urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers examining fake news and the internet. Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament's media committee, is joining forces with his Canadian counterpart, Bob Zimmer, to pressure Zuckerberg to personally take part in hearings, as he did before the U.S Congress and the European Parliament. The so-called "international grand committee" session would be held Nov. 27 and could include lawmakers from other countries. "We understand that it is not possible to make yourself available to all parliaments. However, we believ...Keep on reading: UK-Canadian ‘grand committee’ seeks to question Zuckerberg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Manila Bulletin “Reverse” Fake News Ad | 4K – Manila Video

Producers: Julius Lacaba and Allice Mallari Director: Mc Jerome Baluyot DoP:Rochwald Figueroa and Jan Lo Inocentes PD: Barbee Olaivar, Danica Gonzales and Marella Gaspar source link: Manila Bulletin “Reverse” Fake News Ad | 4K – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

Culpable neglect

On 25 August 2017, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was said to have been fined P500 for smoking in public in Boracay and throwing cigarette butts on the beach. He was reportedly caught by a certain PO2 Manuel Siason who asked him to pick up the trash and pay the fine. Fake news. It […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

‘Tokhang’ blazes through as PH 2018 ‘Word of the Year’

      The word "Tokhang" is this year's Salita ng Taon (Word of the Year), the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman announced.   Out of 11 nominated words, Tokhang won first place as declared on Friday in a conference titled, "Sawikaan 2018: Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Salita ng Taon."   Tokhang was the Philippine National Police's door-to-door campaign to urge drug users to surrender for rehabilitation. This was related to President Rodrigo Duterte's order to eliminate the entry of illegal drugs in the country.   Meanwhile, the word Dengvaxia placed third while Fake News landed in sec...Keep on reading: ‘Tokhang’ blazes through as PH 2018 ‘Word of the Year’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018