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Macron warns against fake news ahead of French election

Jan. 11, 2022 14:39 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said people spreading fake news online should be held accountable and possibly brought to justice, an issue that is becoming even more significant ahead of the country’s presidential election in April. In a speech Tuesday in Paris,...

Sweden creates agency to combat fake news ahead of election

Jan. 05, 2022 06:36 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden, which is holding a general election in September, has joined France in creating an agency to combat disinformation. The mission of the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency is to “defend our open and democratic society and free opinions by...

Prominent Egypt activist free after completing her sentence

Dec. 23, 2021 10:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian human rights activist was released Thursday after serving her sentence on charges of spreading false news and insulting a police officer, her lawyer and family said. Sanaa Seif, who hails from a renowned family of activists, had been behind bars...

Turkey's Erdogan says social media a 'threat to democracy'

Dec. 11, 2021 10:05 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described social media Saturday as one of the main threats to democracy. Erdogan's government plans to pursue legislation to criminalize spreading fake news and disinformation online, but critics say the proposed changes would...

Myanmar government rebuts massacre reports as 'conspiracy'

Dec. 10, 2021 03:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military-installed government has described as “fake news” reports that its troops were involved in a widely reported massacre in the country’s northwest in which soldiers allegedly rounded up and killed 11 civilians whose charred bodies were later discovered by...

Facebook dithered in curbing divisive user content in India

Oct. 24, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Facebook in India has been selective in curbing hate speech, misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly anti-Muslim content, according to leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press, even as its own employees cast doubt over the company’s motivations...

Facebook dithered in curbing divisive user content in India

Oct. 24, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Facebook in India has been selective in curbing hate speech, misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly anti-Muslim content, according to leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press, even as its own employees cast doubt over the company’s motivations...