Woman cares for houseplant for two years, discovers it’s fake

U.S. 03/05/20, 05:47

A plant lover from California was left devastated when she discovered the reason her succulent remained in "perfect" condition wasn't down to her love and dedication. For two years, Caelie Wilkes watered her succulent religiously every day, making sure it was getting the right amount of sunlight and regularly cleaning the ...

16-year-old confesses to staging kidnapping that triggered Amber Alert

U.S. 12/19/19, 14:12

Police say the 16-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped right in front of her mother staged the whole thing. The kidnapping in the Bronx was staged by Karol Sanchez, who allegedly confessed to it after being reunited with her family Tuesday. The teen said that she wanted to get away from her family. Around ...

Facebook removes pro-populist Italian pages ahead of EU election

Europe 05/13/19, 07:29

Facebook has shut down 23 major populist Italian pages with 2.5 million followers just two weeks before the European elections. According to Italian media, the majority of the pages supported the populist parties La Lega (The League) and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) — who currently govern Italy in a temporary coalition. Facebook ...

Singapore reportedly criminalizes publication of fake news

Tech 05/09/19, 00:57

Singapore reportedly has passed a law criminalizing publication of fake news and allowing the government to block and order the removal of such content.The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill passed Wednesday night by a vote of 72-9, a lawmaker with the opposition Worker's Party, Daniel Goh, said on ...

In India’s election, voters feed on false information

Asia & Pacific 04/09/19, 07:10

New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media.Rai looked intently at a flurry of videos and photos on WhatsApp about an Indian airstrike in Pakistan, including pictures labeled as militants' corpses.There was ...

Trump blasts ‘fake news’ over Melania body double theory

Politics 03/13/19, 10:45

President Donald Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories that have been circulating on social media. Trump claims that photos of his wife were altered to make it appear that a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week to survey tornado damage. Trump's favorite TV program, Fox News' "Fox & ...

Update: Pope warns against ‘fake news’ during Gulf visit

World 02/04/19, 10:37

The Latest on Pope Francis's visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):7:35 p.m.Pope Francis has called out the dangers of so-called "fake news" amid ongoing propaganda campaigns across Gulf Arab countries.Francis made the comment in a speech Monday night, saying: "Young people, who are often surrounded by negative ...

EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news

Europe 01/29/19, 08:05

European Union authorities warned Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday that they need to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.The EU's executive commissioners said that while the U.S. internet giants have made some progress, they need to pick up the pace of their work ...

On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info

Science 01/24/19, 14:06

A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.Scientists examined more than 16,000 U.S. Twitter accounts and found that 16 of them — less than one-tenth of 1 percent — tweeted out ...

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote

Asia & Pacific 12/20/18, 07:31

Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said ThursdayThe sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition ...

EU steps up fight against Russian ‘fake news’ ahead of vote

Europe 12/05/18, 10:17

European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating "fake news" campaigns allegedly backed by Russia from their platforms ahead of elections next year.Officials from the EU's executive Commission unveiled the measures Wednesday as part of an action plan to ...

China denies spying on Trump’s phone, suggests he use Huawei

Politics 10/25/18, 05:00

Taking a page from the U.S. president's own playbook, China on Thursday denounced a U.S. newspaper report that it is listening to Donald Trump's phone calls as "fake news," and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not provide ...

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