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25 per cent of the news you read on Twitter is a hoax: Study

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New York: At least 25 percent of all the news that you get on Twitter is fake, says a new study. Also, the study found that 25 percent of all tweets sent are “not credible”, Adweek.com reported.

For frequent Twitter users, this might not come as a surprise. People post false information all the time for various reasons – some inadvertent, others deliberate – such as ignorance about a particular issue or if they are curious to know more about a subject.

Some people also have malicious intent to mess with people’s heads. For example, researchers found that variations on a 2014 story about “Ebola zombies” were shared by millions despite being quite obviously fake.

And then there are all the rumors about celebrities, big brands and politicians that hit Twitter every minute.

The study appeared in The New Scientist.

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Meeting Between Members of European Parliament and Mark Zuckerberg to be Web Streamed

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.
European Parliament members and Facebook CEO's meeting will be live streamed. Wikimedia commons

A meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and members of the European Parliament (EP) over the social network’s use of personal data will be webstreamed, the Parliament’s President said on Monday.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, would be streamed over the Internet after Zuckerberg agreed to it, EP President Antonio Tajani said on Twitter.

“I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens… I thank him for the respect shown towards EP,” Tajani said.

The meeting would take place a month-and-a-half after Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over an alleged massive personal data leak to UK-based firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.

“We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook’s top manager, just as was the case for US citizens,” Tajani penned in a letter to Zuckerberg in April. (IANS)

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