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10.04.2018 - 02:42 [ Tass ]

Russia demands just probe into reported chemical attacks in Syria, says Lavrov

„As for the reaction of our foreign colleagues in Washington, Paris, London, and other places, it is all quite simple: this was done by the regime, and if Russia supports the regime, then it is both Russia’s and Iran’s fault, and it is necessary to conduct an investigation,“ the foreign minister noted. „It is rather difficult for a logical person to understand the correlation between one and the other.“

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. According to the statement published on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, killing dozens and poisoning many locals who had to be brought to the hospital. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that report as fake news.

07.04.2018 - 10:16 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Alternative Fakten und nationale Alleingänge – Großbritannien und Deutschland blamieren sich im Fall Skripal bis auf die Knochen

Nachdem der Leiter des britischen Chemiewaffenlabors in Porton Down die Darstellung des britischen Außenministeriums, nach der das in Salisbury eingesetzte Nervengift aus Russland stamme, am Dienstag ins Reich der Fake News verbannte, gerieten die britische Regierung und ihre Koalition der Willfährigen, zu der auch Deutschland gehört, unter Zugzwang. Doch May und Johnson lernen offenbar schnell aus ihren Fehlern. Schnell wurden die enttarnten Lügen durch neue „alternative Fakten“ ersetzt, die „aus Gründen der Geheimhaltung“ zwar weder verifizierbar noch falsifizierbar, dafür aber bereits im Ansatz komplett unglaubwürdig sind. Auch die deutsche Regierung macht bei diesem absurden Theater mit. Derweil zeigen Großbritannien und die EU auch, was sie vom Völkerrecht und internationalen Organisationen halten – nämlich gar nichts.

06.04.2018 - 09:37 [ MercuryNews.com ]

YouTube shooting brings burst of fake news, hacking

(3.4.2018) A hacker targeted YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik’s Twitter account a few hours after he tweeted that he’d heard shots and was barricaded in a room with colleagues. A number of fake tweets were posted on his timeline, one of them a homophobic insult. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “We’re on it.” Lavrusik later tweeted that he had his account “back.” (…)

A reporter who took to Twitter to call out fake-news tweets identifying as the shooter a range of people — including Hillary Clinton and several YouTube performers — was herself identified as the attacker.

04.04.2018 - 01:39 [ Bloomberg ]

California Would Require Twitter, Facebook to Disclose Bots

California has proposed legislation that would require social platforms like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to identify automated accounts, or bots, amid a push by state lawmakers to police the technology companies that have proven vulnerable to manipulation and the spread of fake news.

Bots, which can be purchased or created by individuals or organizations, have been used to inflate influence or amplify divisive opinions in politics and national tragedies.

03.04.2018 - 16:15 [ Channel NewsAsia ]

Malaysia approves ‚fake news‘ law despite outcry

Malaysia’s government on Monday (Apr 2) pushed a law through parliament that makes „fake news“ punishable by a maximum six-year jail term despite an outcry from critics worried it will be used to stifle dissent before elections.

The law targets foreign as well as local media, and is seen in part as an effort to silence criticism of the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that has rocked the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

31.03.2018 - 02:40 [ Techdirt ]

Malaysian Government Pushes ‚Fake News‘ Bill Aimed At Curb-Stomping Reporting About Its Corruption

Back in 2016, the Malaysian government pushed for broad censorship of an already tightly-controlled internet. The basis for this push was the government’s inability to stop Malaysian media from reporting on government corruption. This reporting continued on platforms (and with news agencies) the government didn’t directly control. To shut this down, the government decided to strip immunity from media platforms, making them directly responsible for user content. This allowed the government to control the narrative by going after service providers, rather than those publishing inconvenient facts.

29.03.2018 - 15:41 [ Techdirt ]

UN Advisor Tells Italy To Drop Its Terrible ‚Fake News‘ Law Before It Does Any Real Damage

Italy is rolling out new laws to deal with „fake news.“ The Italian government can’t define this term precisely, but apparently assumes it will know it when it sees it. And the rest of the country is encouraged to „see something, say something,“ thanks to the government’s online portal which will allow brigaders and hecklers to cleanse the web of things they don’t like. Even if some of it stays up, those reported will possibly still have to spend some time interacting with government employees, which will mostly be a waste of everyone’s time.

And that’s just the bureaucratic side of it. This portal will link to law enforcement so Italy’s uniformed cyberwarriors can go harass citizens over alleged fakery the government can’t even clearly define.

27.03.2018 - 22:20 [ Courthouse News Agency ]

Malaysia Looks to Punish Fake News With 10 Years in Jail

Malaysia’s government proposed new legislation Monday to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail sentence, a move slammed by critics as a bid to crack down on dissent ahead of a general election.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has been dogged by a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal involving an indebted state fund, and rights activists fear the new law could be used to criminalize news reports and critical opinions on government misconduct. A general election must be held by August but is widely expected in the next few weeks.