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 |  10-minute read
Book excerpt, Breaking news, Journalism, Fake news

Why we fall for fake news

An exclusive excerpt from Rob Brotherton’s latest book, Bad News: Why we fall for fake news, that delves into the psychology of news and fake news despite the unprecedented abundance of information.


 |  KOCH DIARIES  |  6-minute read
Cooch Behar, West Bengal, Floods, Fake news

Fake news floods before fact checking became a legit job

It was the monsoon of 1993, and two districts of North Bengal were reeling from the horror of a flood that had left it crippled.


 |  3-minute read
Fake news, Social Media, Tiktok, Lockdowndiary

Lockdown Diary Of A Teenager: India goes TikTok in quarantine

With baseless rumours doing the rounds on TikTok, we all have a responsibility to follow ‘netiquettes’ and be law-abiding and respectful netizens.


 |  5-minute read
Fake news, Pulwama encounter, CRPF

Fake news amidst national tragedy: The CRPF's second massive security challenge after the Pulwama attack

By Rema Rajeshwari IPS and Dr Suneem Ahmad Khan


 |  5-minute read
Fake news, Social Media, Google, Twitter

Pulwama attack aftermath: Why it's a moment of reckoning for WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google

Much has been theorised about how big tech and social media have disrupted societies across the world. The aftermath of Pulwama is this theory demonstrated in practice.


 |  3-minute read
Fake news, War mongering, Social media behaviour, Pulwama terror attack

When 'hate' trumps empathy for India in Pakistan

Pakistanis started by expressing sorrow over the lives lost at Pulwama. But very quickly, as social media was filled with anger and hate, the empathy receded and counter-accusations began.


 |  8-minute read
Mob violence, Lynchings, Social Media, Fake news

When a team of police officers fought a pitched battle against social media-fuelled violence and won

IPS officer Rema Rajeshwari writes of what she learnt about the deadly dangers of digital illiteracy, and what can be done to control it.


 |  5-minute read
BJP, Hate Speech, Fake news, Jack Dorsey

Twitter vs Modi Sarkaar: How Parliamentary panel is making the fight against fake news unwinnable

Parliamentary panel's stand-off with Twitter is looking like the govt is mainly concerned with protecting right-wing voices and accounts.


 |  5-minute read
Lok Sabha election 2019, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Whistle-blowers

2018 showed us that democracy can be hacked using Facebook. This should make us worry about 2019

The problem is that our belief in the goodness of technology blindsided us to the devil inside us humans.


 |  6-minute read
Data Privacy, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Fake news, WhatsApp

Why government asking WhatsApp for a backdoor key to our chats is problematic

Spying on citizens in the name of curbing fake news is not the solution.