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Twitter Takes Multiple Steps To Curb Misinformation Before Elections in India

More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation

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Twitter is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of 2019 general election in India, Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said here on Monday.

Addressing a Town Hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category.

“The real problem is not misinformation per se as jokes can also be categorised as misinfomation. But misinformation that is spread with the intent to mislead people is a real problem,” stressed the Twitter CEO who is in India on a week-long maiden visit.

Dorsey, who got a rousing reception at IIT-D with the students wildly cheering the young entrepreneur, likened solving the problem of misleading information to that of addressing a security issue, or building a lock.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

“No one can build a perfect lock, but we need to stay ahead of our attackers. AI could probably help,” Dorsey told the audience.

Earlier in the day, the Twitter CEO met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform.

Dorsey also met Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama over the weekend. He was also expected to meet Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the growing criticism over Twitter’s role in the spread of misinformation and fake news as India faces Assembly polls in five states in November-December ahead of next year’s general elections.

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Twitter, along with other social media platforms, including Facebook, came under intense scrutiny of policymakers in the US for their failure to stop the spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts on their platforms during the 2016 Presidential election.

The micro-blogging site since then has stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of divisive messages and fake news on its platform.

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter recently announced that it would now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviour.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the gathering during the ‘Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi, India, VOA

As part of the new rules, accounts that deliberately mimic or are intended to replace accounts that were previously suspended for violating rules may be identified as fake accounts, Twitter said recently.

Also Read: Twitter Giving Its Users More Freedom to Report Fake, Suspicious Accounts

However, according to a Knight Foundation study released in October, more than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 US election are still active. (IANS)

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Panasonic Unveils Mobile Computing Devices in India

The energy efficient device is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform to ensure long-term Android support

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Japanese electronics major Panasonic on Thursday launched TOUGHBOOK FZ T1 and L1 mobile computing devices in India.

The TOUGHBOOK FZ T1 is durable, compact and comes with a 5-inch screen and runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS.

The device delivers fast, easy barcode scanning with an integrated barcode reader, the company said in a statement.

It is also designed with MIL-STD-810G standards and comes with IP66/68 rating.

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Panasonic. IANS

“Our newest offering under the product category further assists consumers with their enterprise based working environment by robustly assisting them to augment their efficiency levels through the TOUGHBOOK series,” said Vijay Wadhwan, Business Head System and Solution Business, Panasonic India.

Also Read- Microsoft Working to Introduce a Consumer Version of Microsoft 365 Bundle

The FZ-L1 offers professional-grade capabilities and reliability to workers who rely on accessing information on-the-go.

The energy efficient device is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform to ensure long-term Android support. (IANS)