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New Delhi: Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU students Union President was assaulted by lawyers on Wednesday when he was entering Patiala House court room, witnesses said.

Immediately after the attack on Kanhaiya, the Supreme Court (SC) rushed a team of lawyers with police protection to assess the situation at the court.

Kanhaiya Kumar was brought to the court because he is facing sedition charges.

He was escorted to the court by a posse of police personnel.

His arrest has triggered a political storm.

On Monday, lawyers had assaulted Delhi journalists and JNU students inside the Patiala House court complex, which is located in the heart of Delhi.

He has been sent to judicial custody till March 2.

Delhi Police counsel Ajit Sinha was told to tell the Patiala House magistrate to adjourn Wednesday’s hearing and remove those present in the courtroom by the supreme court.

While Kanhaiya was being brought to the court, a large group of men dressed in lawyers’ robes again barged into the Patiala House court complex and allegedly beat up a journalist and a student.

Vikram Chauhan led the group, which could be seen raising slogans “Vande Mataram” and waving India’s flag in the court premises.A journalist, identified as Anwar of the news channel CNN-IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the cops’ were

A journalist named Anwar of the news channel CNN-IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the cops’ were merely watching the incident and lawyers beat journalists and students.(IANS)

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Facebook May Soon Hire Journalists in Order to Tackle Fake News

Facebook could have a direct relationship with publishers in order to make sure that the content is really high-quality

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

In order to better tackle fake news and improve quality of content on its platform, Facebook might hire a new generation of digital-era journalists and news publishers.

In a discussion with Mathias Dopfner, CEO of Europe’s largest publisher Axel Springer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday talked over how the platform should create more high-quality news for its over 2 billion users globally.

“I don’t know how many fake accounts you think Facebook has, but it seems to be quite a big amount. Some people are saying 700 million. I have no clue, but that has to be dealt with as a very serious problem,” said the 34-year-old CEO.

“We have to make a business in order to finance investigative journalists and correspondents, and big foreign networks, they cannot afford to do that for free,” he added.

Zuckerberg said he would focus on making sure what makes the offering and it’s structuring on Facebook attractive for the hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers, digital native publishers, legacy publishers, that they are attracted to put their best content on that platform.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

“We’re not going to have journalists making news. What we want to do is make sure that this is a product that can get people high-quality news,” said the Facebook co-founder.

Facebook could have a direct relationship with publishers in order to make sure that the content is really high-quality.

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“There’s a whole set of questions around how do we build a service that is contributing to high-quality journalism through increasing monitorisation,” said the American tech entrepreneur.

The Menlo Park-based online social media and social networking service company is battling the menace of fake news and misinformation on its platform, especially during election times, including in India where it has removed thousands of fake accounts, groups and pages linked with political parties. (IANS)