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Duterte appears on Facebook live to dispel rumours that he’s dead

Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippine President remains in robust health and blames 'fake news' disseminated by opponents for such rumours.

Fake news is more likely to be shared by older people...

Those who share information from websites known to garner fake news tend to be older and self-identified to be conservative in the political spectrum.

Egypt jails activist for ‘spreading false news’

The 34-year-old says guards at a bank sexually harassed her.

Blogger who shared article on Facebook fights Singapore PM’s suit

Leong Sze Hian says all he did was to share an article alleging the prime minister had helped Najib Razak to launder 1MDB funds.

Der Spiegel star reporter faked stories for years

The Hamburg-based magazine, renowned for its in-depth investigative pieces, describes the episode as a low point in Spiegel's 70-year history.

India meets with WhatsApp over tracing of fake news

The messaging app has been working to curb the circulation of what technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed 'sinister' content in India, the firm's biggest market where it boasts over 220 million users.

Trouble ahead if we can’t tell fact from fiction, says ex-political...

Former Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi says there are any number of potential hot spots in Malaysia which could be ignited by the spread of fake news.

Singapore lawmaker blasts FB over refusal to take down ‘false’ post...

Facebook had said it does not have a policy 'that prohibits alleged falsehoods, apart from in situations where content has the potential to contribute to imminent violence or physical harm'.

Facebook’s secret weapon in fighting fake news: government help

Researchers now cite the relationship that the technology companies have built with law enforcement as a key part of cleaning up Twitter and Facebook.

It’s fake news, Singapore says on article linking PM Lee to...

The Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur says the article is fake news and 'clearly libellous'.

Facebook removes fake accounts that originated in Iran

Facebook stressed that it found no ties to the Iranian government and doesn’t know for sure who is responsible.

WhatsApp roadshows to stamp out fake news in India

The event is part of a major grassroots effort by WhatsApp to battle fake news, which has triggered numerous lynchings in a country where 200 million people use the service, more than anywhere else in the world.

Indonesia battles fake news after quake-tsunami disaster

The disaster agency's efforts are being fronted by spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has won admirers for battling to update journalists around the clock despite suffering from terminal cancer.

EC: Facebook, Google to tackle spread of fake news

The Commission told the firms in April to draft a code of practice, or face regulatory action over what it said was their failure to do enough to remove misleading or illegal content.

Melting ice sculpture protests ‘fake news’ at US Capitol

The artists decided to take their call for more transparency and honesty to Washington.

Singapore warns against bitcoin scammers using premier’s name

Two fraudulent websites trumpeting get-rich-quick Bitcoin schemes used fabricated comments attributed to Shanmugaratnam, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Don’t enforce fake news law on Malaysians, urges DAP senator

T Chandra Mohan says there are other legislation that could be used in defamation cases.

Facebook flags users who try to ‘game’ fact-checking effort

Users who report what appears to be bogus news are given a standard probability score of from zero to one depending on how reliable they are when it comes to reporting posts that are untrue.

Liew denies govt hasty in repealing Anti-Fake News Act

He says former de facto law minister Azalina Othman Said is wrong in stating this and says other laws are sufficient to combat fake news.

UK democracy ‘facing a crisis’ from US social media giants

Damian Collins cited “the systematic manipulation of data to support the relentless targeting of citizens, without their consent, by campaigns of disinformation and messages of hate."

Tech firms should be made liable for “fake news” on sites,...

The standards of accuracy and impartiality which tech companies are held to could be based on regulator Ofcom's rules for television and radio, the lawmakers said.

Facebook pledges tougher security measures ahead of US mid-term elections

Facebook continues to face fierce criticism over its handling of political propaganda and misinformation since the 2016 US election, despite initiatives and a new tool that shows all political advertising on the network.

Before Trump, the long history of fake news

"Fake news" may have been popularised by Donald Trump in hundreds of his tweets but the concept has existed for centuries.

WhatsApp launches Indian media blitz to dispel fake news woes

It urged users to check information before sharing it and cautioned them about the spread of fake news.