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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Showing the insensitive side of human beings, a video of an Indian man from Kerala being assaulted by a group of men in Qatar has gone viral on social media channels.

The video shows several men hitting the man, while some others are trying to stop them from doing so.

The incident reportedly happened outside a mall in Doha over some anti-Islamic posts on Facebook. The group accosted the man about anti-Prophet comments on Facebook. Later, other customers also joined the group and started bashing up the man.

According to some reports, the man contested the allegations and said that this was a case of mistaken identity.

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BBC reported that the Kerala state president of BJP party, V Muraleedharan, citing Qatar authorities, wrote in a Facebook post that the injured man had not committed the crime that he had been accused of.  Muraleedharan also said that the man would be released after an investigation into his assault.

The Indian embassy said in an email to the news channel that they have demanded “thorough investigations into an unfortunate incident in which an Indian national was reportedly beaten up by some persons on 8 May 2015.”

It was also reported that the embassy is concerned about the well-being of this person and has sought consular access to him.

This shameful incident has been criticized globally by the Indian diasporas. The over-zealous people who perpetrated the attack have been condemned severely for taking the law in their hands.

“It was an unnecessary act. Even if he did say something offensive, there is a legal system in place. I am proud of being from a state where Muslims, Hindus and Christians live in harmony,” told Fahd Abubaker to the news channel in Qatar.

This is not the first time that a resident in Qatar had to face consequences of posting something online. In February, a teacher working in an Indian school had to resign after she posted a caricature of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The image had his face over a body of a black and white dog relieving itself.

According to the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report of 2013, insulting certain religions in Qatar is a punishable offence. Even the new cyber crime laws have made it illegal to post or share online content that “undermines” Qatar’s “social values” or “general order.”

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Facebook Unveils Three-pronged Strategy to Fight Fake News

Apart from this, Facebook is also using machine learning to help its teams detect fraud and enforce its policies against spam

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Facebook Unveils Three-pronged Strategy to Fight Fake News
Facebook Unveils Three-pronged Strategy to Fight Fake News. Pixabay

To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see.

Another part of its strategy in some countries is partnering with third-party fact-checkers to review and rate the accuracy of articles and posts on Facebook, Tessa Lyons, a Facebook product manager on News Feed focused on false news, said in a statement on Thursday.

The social media giant is facing criticism for its role in enabling political manipulation in several countries around the world. It has also come under the scanner for allegedly fuelling ethnic conflicts owing to its failure stop the deluge of hate-filled posts against the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

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“False news is bad for people and bad for Facebook. We’re making significant investments to stop it from spreading and to promote high-quality journalism and news literacy,” Lyons said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday told the European Parliament leaders that the social networking giant is trying to plug loopholes across its services, including curbing fake news and political interference on its platform in the wake of upcoming elections globally, including in India.

Lyons said Facebook’s three-pronged strategy roots out the bad actors that frequently spread fake stories.

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“It dramatically decreases the reach of those stories. And it helps people stay informed without stifling public discourse,” Lyons added.

Although false news does not violate Facebook’s Community Standards, it often violates the social network’s polices in other categories, such as spam, hate speech or fake accounts, which it removes remove.

“For example, if we find a Facebook Page pretending to be run by Americans that’s actually operating out of Macedonia, that violates our requirement that people use their real identities and not impersonate others. So we’ll take down that whole Page, immediately eliminating any posts they made that might have been false,” Lyons explained.

Lyons said Facebook's three-pronged strategy roots out the bad actors that frequently spread fake stories.
Lyons said Facebook’s three-pronged strategy roots out the bad actors that frequently spread fake stories. Pixabay

Apart from this, Facebook is also using machine learning to help its teams detect fraud and enforce its policies against spam.

“We now block millions of fake accounts every day when they try to register,” Lyons added.

A lot of the misinformation that spreads on Facebook is financially motivated, much like email spam in the 90s, the social network said.

If spammers can get enough people to click on fake stories and visit their sites, they will make money off the ads they show.

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“We’re figuring out spammers’ common tactics and reducing the distribution of those kinds of stories in News Feed. We’ve started penalizing clickbait, links shared more frequently by spammers, and links to low-quality web pages, also known as ‘ad farms’,” Lyons said.

“We also take action against entire Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news, reducing their overall News Feed distribution,” Lyons said.

Facebook said it does not want to make money off of misinformation or help those who create it profit, and so such publishers are not allowed to run ads or use its monetisation features like Instant Articles. (IANS)