Have you come across a report about an investment scheme that sounds too good to be true? Or perhaps you have seen a video or photo from a source that cannot be verified. Ask The Straits Times, and it will help you to pin it down. ST is pitching in to help its readers distinguish between real and fake news amid a spate of online scams, impersonations and websites passing themselves off as news organisations. Readers can write to the askST platform about reports, videos or photos they find dubious. Reporters will look into these claims. Readers can also flag content that they have found to be false; the paper may consider publishing their findings. ST editor Warren Fernandez, who is also editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/ Tamil Media Group, said: "Fake news is a growing problem, with dubious copies of ST reports or even government notices being passed off as real, and some people are falling for these and sharing them. "We want to do our part to help our readers … [Read more...] about Not sure if something is fake news? Ask ST
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MANILA - The proposed "anti-fake news" measure at the Senate must be reviewed further to avoid violation of the Constitution, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Tuesday. Senate President Vicente Sotto III has filed Senate Bill No. 9, which seeks to impose penalties of up to P2 million or imprisonment for people who spread false information in websites and social media platforms. The measure also allows the Department of Justice to order the takedown of "fake news." Sotto files bill vs 'fake news', disinformation PCOO chief brand integrator and Asst. Sec. Ramon Cualoping III said the bill must undergo further study because it "may contradict basic tenets of the Constitution, which is freedom of expression." "Prior restraint may happen, censorship may happen so we have to check it, vet it and review it," he told ANC's Early Edition. "Our concern in the government is that if we go and regulate social media, that would curtail some basic rights of the … [Read more...] about Sotto anti-fake news bill needs review
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - The European Union has called on Facebook and other platforms to invest more in fact-checking, but a new study shows those efforts may rarely reach the communities worst affected by fake news. The analysis by big-data firm Alto Data Analytics over a three-month period ahead of this year's EU elections casts doubt on the effectiveness of fact-checking even though demand for it is growing. Facebook has been under fire since Russia used it to influence the election that brought Donald Trump to power. The company quadrupled the number of fact-checking groups it works with worldwide over the last year and its subsidiary WhatsApp launched its first fact-checking service. The EU, which has expanded its own fact-checking team, urged online platforms to take greater action or risk regulation. Fact-checkers are often journalists who set up non-profits or work at mainstream media outlets to scour the web for viral falsehoods. Their rebuttals in the form of articles, blog posts … [Read more...] about Fake news fact-checks hobbled by low reach, study shows
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
Jakarta. WhatsApp users in Indonesia will find it more difficult to upload pictures and videos on the popular messaging app as the government slows down the service to stop people from spreading hoaxes and provocative content. Communications Minister Rudiantara said on Wednesday the government is deliberately limiting the service to make it harder for people to upload photos, videos or memes. He said the authorities are working hard to contain the spread of fake news, hoaxes and provocative content related to Wednesday's clashes between supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and security officers. "We will limit [the service] gradually," the minister said in a press briefing at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday. "We know the modus operandi [of hoaxers]... [they spread them] through videos, photos, memes and screen … [Read more...] about Gov’t Slows Down WhatsApp to Stop Hoaxes