Archiv: media falsifications / fabrications (fake news)


03.10.2019 - 10:08 [ Amerika21de ]

Kolumbien: Präsident Duque blamiert sich bei UNO mit Bilder-Fake gegen Venezuela

Die Fotos sind demnach nicht in Venezuela sondern in Kolumbien aufgenommen worden, stellten die kolumbianische Zeitung El Colombiano und die Agence France-Press (AFP) richtig. Die Bilder sind Teil eines Dossiers, das Duque UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres überreicht hat. Das 128-seitige Dokument belege, so Duque, „die Komplizenschaft von [Venezuelas] Präsident Nicolás Maduro mit den Terror-Kartellen, die die kolumbianische Bevölkerung angreifen“.

01.10.2019 - 15:23 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian Intelligence Chief Dismissed After President Duque Uses Fake Venezuela Photo in UNGA

The photos were taken, uncredited, from various media organizations. French media AFP said Defense ministry called and apologized for using their photos which were not from Venezuela but Catatumbo, Colombia.

17.09.2019 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: Facebook Removes Fake Accounts Encouraging Arabs Not to Vote

According to a statement by the organization, the accounts are suspected of „actively commenting on pages that encourage voting or to posts discussing the election, in order to undermine Israeli-Arab politicians and their parliamentary work.“

The statement added that such comments were often backed by other suspected fake accounts, and were marked and promoted by Facebook’s algorithm as „Top Fans.“

Facebook confirmed that it deleted profiles that it found to be undoubtedly fake.

14.09.2019 - 21:09 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes

(14.09.2019)

Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said,…

06.09.2019 - 16:07 [ Matt Taibbi / The Rolling Stone ]

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?

It includes terrifying pronouncements by unnamed “intelligence officials,” unprovable, overblown, or outright fake statistical assertions about the threat (like the oft-cited claim that fake election news had more engagement than real news), open conflation of legitimate domestic dissent with foreign attack, and routine dismissal of experts downplaying the problem (here are two significant studies suggesting the “fake news” phenomenon is overstated).

Of course, the final, omnipresent ingredient in most major propaganda campaigns is the authoritarian solution. Here, it’s unelected, unsupervised algorithmic control over media. We’ve never had a true news regulator in this country, yet the public is being conditioned now to accept one, without thinking of the consequences.

04.09.2019 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Arab World Just Handed Netanyahu Its Most Powerful Weapon

Within Israel, Netanyahu’s Arabic-speaking mouthpieces amplify the ridicule, sarcastically „calling out“ Arab leaders on social media for their „treason“ and weakness, whenever they engage in normalization.

Added to that, the role of the Mossad in setting up the back channels that lead to Israeli politicians meeting Gulf leaders – despite being part of the secret service’s brief in states where no diplomatic relations exist – gives the impression that this form of normalization is part of a black ops scheme whose real purpose is still covert.

31.08.2019 - 18:19 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Reuters fake report on Hong Kong is a stain on global journalism

According to a so-called „exclusive“ Reuters report released Friday, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), submitted a proposal to Beijing earlier this summer that asked for „5 key demands“ from the Hong Kong protesters to be taken seriously but was rejected.

The Global Times has since learned the Reuters story is fake. In fact, it intends to create an illusion by interweaving rumors with public events in an attempt to misguide public opinion.

16.06.2019 - 07:50 [ Korea Times ]

South Korean says it received report on handover of oil tanker’s crew after incident

The Hyundai Dubai rescued 23 sailors from the Norwegian tanker Front Altair, Thursday, after receiving a distress call, and then handed them over to Iranian authorities.

CBS News said the captain of the Hyundai Dubai „contacted his company’s management, which told him to refuse the Iranian request (to turn over the mariners),“ but handed them over as „he felt like he had no choice but to comply with Iranian demands,“ citing declassified U.S. intelligence reports Friday.

An official of the South Korean shipping firm said the company that the captain contacted could have been the ship owner headquartered in Germany, not Hyundai.

10.06.2019 - 16:12 [ Grayzone ]

Top US journalists spread fake news claiming North Korean official was ‘purged’ – then he shows up on TV

Bloomberg’s source for this false story was South Korea’s far-right newspaper Chosun Ilbo, which has a long history of fabricating stories about North Korea. In turn, Chosun Ilbo’s story was based on a single unidentified source.

That is to say, the fake report obediently echoed by the Western press corps was based entirely on the claims of one unnamed person.

02.06.2019 - 13:48 [ Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair / Twitter ]

For the record: I never said I considered #JulianAssange „a bad actor“ but that, initially, I had been affected by the same misguided smear campaign as everybody else, and only saw the real facts once I investigated in detail @isaacstanbecker @wapo

16.05.2019 - 16:32 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Busts Israeli Campaign to Disrupt Elections in African, Asian and Latin American Nations

Facebook has faced pressure to more transparently tackle misinformation since the revelation that Russia used Facebook to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

15.05.2019 - 00:27 [ C-SPAN / Twitter ]

Q: „Are you planning to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in response to Iran?“

President Trump: „I think it’s fake news. Okay? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But, we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that.“

13.05.2019 - 07:09 [ Spiked ]

Brexit Party: why the shit isn’t sticking

One of the most beautiful things in British public life right now is the disparity – the colossal disparity – between the media smears about the Brexit Party and the continued success of the Brexit Party. It’s wonderful to behold.

13.05.2019 - 06:36 [ justice4assange.com ]

The “Swedish Allegations” concerning Julian Assange:

Fourth, despite widespread false reporting, Assange was never charged with anything related to the Swedish allegations. These only reached the level of a “preliminary investigation”. The Swedish prosecution questioned Assange on two separate occasions, in 2010 and 2016. He has consistently professed his innocence.

Fifth, almost entirely omitted from current media reporting is that the initial Swedish preliminary investigation in 2010 was dropped after the chief prosecutor of Stockholm concluded that “the evidence did not disclose any evidence of rape” and that “no crime at all” had been committed. Text messages between the two women, which were later revealed, do not complain of rape. Rather, they show that the women “did not want to put any charges on JA but that the police were keen on getting a grip on him” and that they “only wanted him to take a test”. One wrote that “it was the police who made up the charges” and told a friend that she felt that she had been “railroaded by police and others around her”.

Sixth, Assange left Sweden after the prosecutor told him that he was free to leave as he was not wanted for questioning. Assange had stayed in Sweden for five weeks. After he left, Interpol bizarrely issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and dangerous criminals – raising concerns that this was not just about sexual accusations.

Seventh, Sweden’s investigation is now entirely closed. It was shelved for six years during the period 2010-2016 while the Swedish prosecutor refused to question Assange in London.

13.05.2019 - 06:32 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Note to editors-Sweden: There is widespread media misreporting about allegations made against Julian Assange in Sweden in 2010. Here are the facts:

03.05.2019 - 18:16 [ Indiatoday.in ]

Viral video showing Muslims protesting crackdown by Sri Lanka after blasts is false

India Today’s Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be false, as the viral video has no relation with the recent attacks. This is a video of a protest that happened in 2013 in London.

03.05.2019 - 18:13 [ Altnews.in ]

Six year old video shared as Muslims in London protesting against Sri Lankan Govt’s action against terror

The video which has been circulated so aggressively by social media users is not representative of any recent event. It was shot in 2013. A protest had been organised in London against the Sri Lankan government, outside the Sri Lankan embassy. The backdrop to this protest was the campaign organised by the Bodu Bala Sena, a hardline Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation, against the Muslim community over the ‘growing rise of Islamism’ in the island nation.

08.04.2019 - 11:19 [ Spiked ]

Russiagate was used to suppress alternative media

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was the biggest candidate committee contributor to the Hillary Clinton campaign. It donated $1.6million. Facebook donated $478,466.

Just six days after Trump won, Google and Facebook announced that they would begin suppressing news sites they deemed to be spreading fake news. A new Google algorithm targeting ‘fake news’ drastically reduced traffic to many independent news and advocacy sites, including Democracy Now and WikiLeaks. Meanwhile, the likes of CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post were unaffected.

02.04.2019 - 08:09 [ Politifact.com ]

Did Hitler say the best way to control a people is to take ‚a little of their freedom at a time‘?

Besides there being no evidence that Hitler said or wrote these words, in „Mein Kampf“ or otherwise, it also represents the opposite of his actions.

Instead of small changes that slowly eroded the rights of the German people, Hitler made large changes over a short period. Within a month of rising to power in January 1933 as Germany’s chancellor, Hitler used the Reichstag Fire (the assembly location for parliament) as an excuse to issue a decree that overrode individual rights and authorized mass arrests. A month later, he passed the Enabling Act that granted him full power without having to consult other government representatives.

03.11.2018 - 07:32 [ London Progressive Journal ]

Crimes of Empire: How Historical Fake News Contributed to Imperial Genocide

(26.Oktober) Fake news is as old as empire, maybe even older.(…)
We should not delude ourselves that fake neither is either a recent phenomenon nor that the worst culprits are the far-right and unscrupulous, click-bait websites. Those in power carry more weight than those who seek power, and so their capacity to cause damage by lying is greater than that of aspiring tyrants.

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.

05.04.2018 - 06:23 [ Gulf News ]

India fake news guidelines were attack on freedom of press, say analysts

The need to stop fake news is widely acknowledged, but the order said that any complaint against a journalist accused of running fake news meant that their government accreditation would be immediately suspended,” media analyst Vivek Saxena told Gulf News.

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.