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Canadian Businessman Accuses Twitter of “False and Defamatory” Tweets

The civil claim filed on Tuesday claimed that the tweets attempted to discredit Giustra over his charitable work supporting the Clinton Foundation.

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"Twitter has neglected or refused to remove" many of these "defamatory" tweets, according to the claim. Pixabay

Canadian businessman has sued Twitter over publication of what he terms “false and defamatory” tweets which increased during the 2016 US presidential election.

In a civil claim filed in the the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Frank Giustra, known as one of Canada’s wealthiest businessmen and philanthropists, alleged that the tweets damaged his business and philanthropic relationships, The Globe and Mail reported on Friday.

The civil claim filed on Tuesday claimed that the tweets attempted to discredit Giustra over his charitable work supporting the Clinton Foundation.

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Social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter have been facing severe criticism for failure to remove hateful content from their platforms fast for quite some time now. Pixabay

The five-page claim includes an appendix with the text of dozens of “false, defamatory, abusive and threatening tweets”, said the report.

“Twitter has neglected or refused to remove” many of these “defamatory” tweets, according to the claim.

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The five-page claim includes an appendix with the text of dozens of “false, defamatory, abusive and threatening tweets”, said the report. Pixabay

Some of these tweets linked the Canadian businessman with the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory that associated then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a fictitious child-sex ring.

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“The tweets have damaged (Giustra’s) professional and personal reputation and are likely to bring the plaintiff’s character into disrepute,” the claim reads.

Social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter have been facing severe criticism for failure to remove hateful content from their platforms fast for quite some time now.(IANS)

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Pakistan’s Fake Social Media Accounts Spreading Lies on Kashmir

Pakistan has adopted the strategy of giving a religious colour to its propaganda campaign, posing a fake threat from India, while reminding India of the consequences of the rise of extremist forces

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Fake social media accounts, often emanating from Pakistan, continue to paint a grim picture of Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.

From passing off a High Court-ordered drive to clear illegal encroachments on forest land in Himachal Pradesh as “barbarism” in the Kashmir valley to terming mobile phone restrictions in the region as “siege in Kashmir”, a false narrative propagated by Pakistanis’ propaganda machinery finds many takers on social media, partly due to relentless promotion by fake accounts.

“Pakistani terror & proxy war paraphernalia burning vehicles, attacking fruit growers & merchants, killing & threatening shopkeepers, enforcing shutdown and calling this SIEGE,” Imtiyaz Hussain, a top IPS officer in Jammu and Kashmir, said in a tweet on Thursday.

“For all those ‘SIEGE’ obsessed reporters. There’s no SIEGE in Kashmir except some restriction on mobile phones which’s being lifted soon. Post 5th August except initially for few days, there hasn’t been any restriction imposed by Govt. Roads & streets are full of people, vehicles,” Hussain said in an earlier tweet.

Fact-checking website BOOM on Wednesday reported that a two-year-old video of clashes between protesters and security personnel in Kashmir is now being shared as the reaction of Kashmiris following the scrapping of Article 370.

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The end of Article 370 heralds a new beginning for many Kashmiris, despite the doom and gloom in some quarters over its revocation. Pixabay

For more than one month now, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the public relations wing of the Pakistan armed forces, is busy spreading fake news related to Kashmir in a bid to sow seeds of discord among security forces and fuel hatred among citizens in India.

As part of its information warfare, Pakistan has resorted to spreading propaganda, fake news, threatening statements and manipulating the social media.

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Pakistan has adopted the strategy of giving a religious colour to its propaganda campaign, posing a fake threat from India, while reminding India of the consequences of the rise of extremist forces. (IANS)