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Sri Lanka shuts down social media after terror attack

By Michelle Quinn, for VoA People in Sri Lanka are experiencing a second day without access to some of the most popular social media sites within the country, after the government shut down the services in the wake of a terror attack that killed nearly 300 people and injured hundreds on Easter Sunday.Facebook and its properties — Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger — were blocked. Access to Snapchat was turned off,

Netizen Report: How WhatsApp (and $3 million) helped carry Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to victory

By Netizen Report Team, for Global Voices The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This report covers the events we tracked in October 2018. On October 28, Latin America’s largest democracy elected a president whose campaign was propelled by violence, vicious rumors of fraud and a cascade of online news and information that has proven to be false.

What to know about WhatsApp in Brazil ahead of Sunday’s election

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. WhatsAppening with WhatsApp?You may have noticed lots of headlines about WhatsApp this week — that’s because, with the Brazilian presidential election approaching this Sunday, misinformation spread on the app — and coverage

WhatsApp is a black box of viral misinformation — but in Brazil, 24 newsrooms are teaming up to fact-check it

And unlike previous efforts, WhatsApp is giving the fact-checkers an important tool to reach the public more easily. By Shan Wang, for NiemanLab Another big national election means another big collaborative fact-checking initiative. But this one will get a small but important assist from the Facebook-owned messaging behemoth WhatsApp — where a healthy share of the world’s misinformation gets distributed. Comprova, a fact-checking collective made up of 24 newsrooms around Brazil,

WhatsApp launches cmpaign in India to spot fake messages

ByAnjana Pasricha, for  VoANews NEW DELHI — After hoax messages on WhatsApp fueled deadly mob violence in India, the Facebook-owned messaging platform published full-page advertisements in prominent English and Hindi language newspapers advising users on how to spot misinformation. The advertisements are the first measure taken by the social media company to raise awareness about fake messages, following a warning by the Indian government that it needs to take immediate action

WhatsApp is a black box for fake news. Verificado 2018 is making real progress fixing that

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Fact-checking the Mexican election on WhatsApp. Fake news on WhatsApp is a really hard problem to solve. News is spread in closed exchanges and messages are encrypted, making it impossible to know how

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