Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India

Neowin: Facebook is testing third-party news fact checking in India. “Facebook has come under fire for the spread of fake news enabled by its platform in recent months. The firm had announced a series of initiatives around the world to promote more accurate journalism. Today, the company is working on improving the accuracy of news shared on its platform in India. The firm will be partnering with BOOM, an independent third-party agency verified by the International Fact-Checking network which will be reviewing English articles and rating their accuracy.”

Hindustan Times: Orkut founder launches ‘hello’ social network app in India

Hindustan Times: Orkut founder launches ‘hello’ social network app in India. “As people vouch to delete Facebook in the wake of a massive data breach scandal, Orkut Buyukkokten — a former Google employee who founded the trendsetter social networking website Orkut.com more than a decade ago — on Wednesday launched a new social network ‘hello’ in India.”

Business Standard: Google files plea in NCLAT against CCI penalty for ‘search bias’

Business Standard: Google files plea in NCLAT against CCI penalty for ‘search bias’. “Online search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal against an order from India’s competition watchdog that found it guilty of ‘search bias’ and abuse of its dominant position, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.”

Times of India: NCRB to prepare annual database on crime against journalists

Times of India: NCRB to prepare annual database on crime against journalists. “The National Crime Records Bureau will now collect data on crime against journalists on an annual basis, including that of murder, attempt to murder, assault and intimidation, starting this year, a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. In a communication to the Press Club of India (PCI), the ministry said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has so far been collecting data on attacks on media persons through monthly crime statistics, including the cases registered and persons arrested.”

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours

Techdirt: Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours. “Governments around the world think legislation is the answer to the ‘fake news’ problem. So far, the only thing that seems certain is these laws will be used to control the press and stifle criticism. The limited rollouts we’ve seen of laws governing poorly-defined speech have been uniformly disastrous. The government of India was the latest to roll out ‘fake news’ legislation. There wasn’t much debate over the law, as it was unilaterally put in place by the Indian government. The motivating factor appeared to be an attempt to quell criticism of the Indian Prime Minister ahead of next year’s election. The only good thing about the decree was its extremely short shelf life.”

France24: Rival India leaders accused of data breaches in social media row

France24: Rival India leaders accused of data breaches in social media row. “India’s ruling and main opposition parties on Monday accused each other of using social media dirty tricks to mine and share followers’ personal data. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party of Rahul Gandhi have seized upon the data breach storm surrounding Facebook and other media to score political points against one another.”