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Can social media tame fake news?

New Delhi: Major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are aware of the damage fake news can cause to the election process in India. But none has one simple solution to eliminate the impact that misinformation can have on millions of voters. After facing flak from the government, social media giants are in a huddle

Facebook chatbot may soon do bargaining for you

Facebook suspends three pages linked to Russian government

San Francisco: Three video-centric pages run by a viral video company – Maffick Media – have been suspended from Facebook because they failed to properly disclose their ties with Russia, the media reported. Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) which is funded by the Russian government, has a 51 per cent stake

Can Priyanka match Modi’s oratory? Scales more evenly balanced

s Priyanka Vadra the brahmastra (the ultimate weapon) of Rahul Gandhi directed only at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or is one of the Congress president’s targets also the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) combine in Uttar Pradesh? While the BJP is obviously the Congress’s main adversary, politics in India can rarely be depicted

Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist disgraced

Washington: Nobel laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA helix and father of the Human Genome Project, has been stripped of honours by his laboratory following “reprehensible” remarks on race and ethnicity. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), the New York facility where Watson worked for nearly four decades and which has a school named after

US Defence Secretary James Mattis resigns after falling out with Trump

Washington: US Defence Secretary James Mattis has resigned after falling out with Donald Trump over the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, saying in a parting letter that the President deserves someone atop the Pentagon “better aligned” with his views. The retired Marine general’s announcement came on Thursday, a day after the Trump administration

Qatar commits $500 million to UN, signs multi-year agreements

Doha: Qatar announced a series of agreements with the United Nations that is to see $500 million injected into UN programmes over the next few years. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres signed the agreements during the Doha Forum, a conference

Sundar Pichai denies political bias to Congress

Washington: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday denied that the tech giant favours the more progressive political currents, in contrast to what some legislators and media outlets have claimed, in his first appearance before the US Congress. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way.

Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets

San Francisco: Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in

US, Russia block UN panel report on climate change

Katowice (Poland): The US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked the other 193 assembled countries in this Polish city from “welcoming” the recent IPCC report, even though the report had been requested by the earlier UN climate summit in Paris in 2015. The US had even rejected the science itself, standing alone among all the

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