The science of hate can help us realise who the bigger criminal is. Is it the lynchers alone? Should the instigators bear more blame? And should an apathetic government be held complicit?
The term “meme” was coined in 1976. Today, these cultural artefacts have gone viral, and are redrawing the boundaries of acceptable political discourse.
A leading Gujarati newspaper carried a fake report claiming that the ‘real hero’ who saved the yatris was actually Harsh Desai, the son of the bus owner.
In the eightieth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the recent spate of fake news published by some members of BJP and Air India’s decision to not provide non-veg meals for its domestic economy passengers.
BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s use of a Gujarat riot photo when talking about West Bengal tells us the party is beyond caring about truth and authenticity.
The video is a edited clip of Trump’s guest appearance at WWE Wrestlmania, and it ends with a restyled CNN logo which read “FNN: Fraud News Network.”
Misrepresenting images to further political aims is a recurring issue – and Piyush Goyal’s power ministry is only the latest in a long list of those in power to do so.
After promoting a morphed photo of Iwo Jima and a doctored video of Kanhaiya Kumar, he now cites notorious Pakistani website to target NDTV
The former NSA contractor believes that any ‘inconvenient news’ is shut down, and that curbing of rights is a bigger threat than foreign militants for US.
The mindless ‘protest’ by Youth Congress members has been widely condemned but a photo being circulated by a BJP leader of slaughtered cows is old and of uncertain origin.
Reports in the ongoing probe show that his son-in-law tried to set up a secret back channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The many who condemn Aurangzeb cannot be swayed because they base their ideas on an ideology of India as a Hindu nation, in which Muslim rulers are inherently illegitimate, rather than on documented historical facts.
In episode 58 of ‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’, Vinod Dua talks about the increasing prevalence of fake news and the government’s promise of building 109 smart cities by 2022.
In a major speech on the challenges facing the Indian media today, President Pranab Mukherjee highlights the importance of journalists asking questions of those in power.
The actor Paresh Rawal and his supporters in the BJP and on social media say he was reacting to Arundhati Roy’s recent comments on Kashmir. But she never even made them in the first place.
Anoo Bhuyan from The Wire speaks to the CEO of BBC Global News Jim Egan on why fake news is on the rise and how to counter it.
In Venezuela, the media has been under immense pressure for years, first under Hugo Chávez and now from the President Maduro administration.
The fundamental threat to communication arises from treating it as a tactical tool for achieving pre-specified ends for those who pay for it – and that’s what needs to be fought.
The Greens also want Facebook to pay damages, which would make it easier for individuals in similar cases to take the financial risk of taking legal action.
Rumour spread on social media that President Htin Kyaw – who Suu Kyi picked for head of state – would step down. Police said they would prosecute those responsible for the information
As Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
With fake news proliferating on social media, journalists and news organisations in the US and Europe are collaborating to come up with a counter-strategy.
The aim was to instigate hatred and violence against Muslims in India.
“In such a short span of time,” gushed India Today, “several initiatives have been taken by UP CM Yogi Adityanath for the betterment of state and to end corruption.”
We often tend to trust a statement or an argument simply because it conforms to our already-held beliefs, regardless of the strength or weaknesses behind its rationale and the veracity of its claims.
Donald Trump’s scathing attack on the media came a day after he asserted his administration is “running like a fine-tuned machine” and there is “no chaos”.
The vicious cycle of corporate investments in the Indian media plays a major part in stifling the press.
From following the same accounts as Narendra Modi, it appears that his personal Twitter feed is filled with rancour and distortion.
Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon Ban said he was subject to character assassination, adding, “With all kinds of fake news, my intention for political change was nowhere to be seen,”
To discourage the creation of fake news in the first place, Facebook also is banishing perpetual publishers of false information from its lucrative ad network.
Was a forged document responsible for the defeat of Mark Antony and the rise of Rome’s first emperor?
Buzzfeed’s decision to publish an unverified dossier that makes explosive claims about Donald Trump has stirred debate about journalistic ethics.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s Public Editor.
Doctored videos, false news and WhatsApp hoaxes. India has it all and cannot afford to be silent during a debate on how best to fix fake news.
Research shows that people fall for fake news because they don’t value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible sources.
Clinton urged action from both the private and public sectors to combat the false reports.