Tag Archives: Fake

Why “fake news” is an antitrust problem

Five of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization are tech companies. In the past 10 years, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have all joined Microsoft at the top of the list. Each of these companies dominates its primary market, and is gradually expanding its reach into secondary markets. Have they become too big? Are they full-fledged monopolies at this point? And ... Read More »

Fake news a concern as Indonesians lap up social media

Indonesia’s daily number of Facebook users currently stands at around 65 million. (Photo: Chandni Vatvani) JAKARTA: Whether they are tweeting or posting, Indonesians love social media. According to Instagram, the country is its largest market in the Asia Pacific. Twitter too, says Indonesians are among its top five users worldwide, and Facebook – the social media favourite of Indonesians – ... Read More »

Technology approaches real human voices; could ‘new reality’ of fake audio be on horizon?

Asher Labovich, 13, and his 10-year-old brother, Emerson, left, mess around with the family’s Alexa, an Amazon Echo voice assistant, while their mom, Laura Labovich, watches in Bethesda, Md. (Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post) What if you could make President Trump say whatever you wanted? How about listening to the vaguely robot-like voice of yourself, programmed into an app ... Read More »

Fighting fake news: societies using technology to search for truth

Governments must tread a fine balance when trying to weed out fake news. Photograph: Lopez/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock Fake news has been accused of influencing election results and giving rise to populist movements. Is there anything governments – and citizens – can do to fight back? Some interesting responses to the fake news phenomenon are now in place around the world. The ... Read More »

Facebook Launches ‘Disputed’ Tag to Crack Down on Fake News

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook had launched tools to tackle fake news back in December It now features a ‘disputed’ tag next to the stories that are deemed fake It is unclear how many people currently have access to the “fake news” Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped “fake news” crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as “disputed” the stories ... Read More »

Alibaba Accuses IP Firms of Filing Fake Counterfeit Claims

Alibaba Accuses IP Firms of Filing Fake Counterfeit Claims Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Thursday alleged that several intellectual property agencies were filing false complaints against vendors on its e-commerce platforms. The company called for a boycott of these IP agencies, also known as “reputation-protection” firms, which are hired by businesses to help manage their IP rights. Alibaba singled out ... Read More »

Facebook and Google Begin to Police Fake News

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle won’t be soon forgotten. It shattered old conventions and introduced a completely new way of running a campaign, including fake news. No doubt some of that content was generated for political purposes. But, for better worse, some fake news was created simply for profit. For social media giants Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), this ... Read More »

Over 99 Percent of Fake Apple Chargers Fail to Pass Basic Safety Tests: Report

HIGHLIGHTS 400 chargers were tested for sufficient insulation Only three chargers were able to pass the test Users have been advised not to overcharge their appliances Among smartphone manufacturers, Apple might be the most popular name around the world. However, along with this privilege, the company has to deal with the added burden of imposters who try to benefit by ... Read More »

Can You Spot a Fake Customer Review of Your Business?

We all know that companies would prefer to have only good reviews, and that company performance is largely motivated by obtaining such feedback because it helps businesses thrive. Reviews play an important role, as ReviewTrackers.com reports that 85 percent of consumers read them to determine whether or not local businesses are good or not. However, many people don’t realize just ... Read More »

hree Days After Removing Human Editors, Facebook Is Already Trending Fake News

Three Days After Removing Human Editors, Facebook Is Already Trending Fake News HIGHLIGHTS Facebook on Friday announced algorithm-run Trending topics list The Trending feature shows users the most-talked about stories and topics Facebook was recently under fire due to its ‘biased’ trending list Facebook announced Friday that humans would no longer write descriptions for its Trending topics list, handing over ... Read More »