Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace. Borrowing from U.S. President Donald Trump's political playbook, government heads with an authoritarian streak are using the mantra of "fake news" to shield themselves from negative media coverage, and push legislation that critics say is aimed more at stifling dissent than punishing fabrication. The problem they profess to be addressing is a genuine one. Internet penetration is now so extensive - even in the poorest areas - that fake stories dressed up as fact can go viral on social media overnight and reach massive audiences with often dire consequences. In India last year, seven people were killed by a mob after a false story spread on WhatsApp that they were child-traffickers. A number of Asian leaders have tapped into the resulting public concern and … [Read more...] about Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm
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Researchers at Indiana University have developed a new tool that shows how fake news and unverified stories spread through social media. The search engine, dubbed Hoaxy, is the latest effort to combat the proliferation of fake news, which proliferated during the U.S. presidential campaign, with one bogus post-Election Day story sparking a real-life event when a gunman fired shots into a Washington, D.C., restaurant. "It is a very serious problem," said Filippo Menczer, the director of the university's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, which launched Hoaxy. Misinformation and propaganda are not new, but Menczer said social media has added a new component because the information is pre-selected to be in line with people's own opinions. "Social media makes it more likely that I am more exposed to false information that I am likely to believe," he added. Hoaxy does not determine whether a story is real but it shows how it is spread online and shows related fact-checking. … [Read more...] about U.S. university launches tool to show how fake news spreads
Next week: Can you spot fake news? The internet is one of the main ways informing people today of what is going on in their communities and around the world. However, the web is also saturated with misinformation, and it is difficult to determine what's genuine and what's just a fabrication. Following the US election, internet giants like Google and Facebook are trying to tighten quality control by clamping down on fake news. Do you think that you can spot fake news from genuine news? How do you catch the difference? Please email your responses to: [email protected], or fax them to (84-4) 39332311. Address letters to The Editor, Việt Nam News, 79 Lý Thường Kiệt Street, Hà Nội. Responses must be received by Thursday morning, November 24, 2016. … [Read more...] about Can you spot fake news?
Not all ambulances running on streets in Vietnam are legal. Many of them are fake ones. Ironically, the fake vehicles with higher renting prices and less equipment have been heavily hired by patients who are cheated by hospital nurses. The fake ones publicly enter and leave hospitals without checks. … [Read more...] about Fake ambulances at Vietnam’s hospitals
Mekong Delta to accelerate transport infrastructure development Under the plan, the region will have 83 new projects with an investment of 125.3 trillion VND (5.6 billion USD); of which, there are 45 road projects with a combined capital of 90.3 billion VND (4 billion USD). The plan also envisions four projects in aviation worth some 5.2 trillion VND (232 million USD), 22 others in maritime transport with an estimated investment of 18 trillion VND (807 million USD) and 14 in inland waterway valued at 11,8 trillion VND (530 million USD). The committee said besides completing projects under implementation, priority will be given to key projects to boost linkage in the region. According to Tran Huu Hiep, a permanent member of the committee, despite having a dense network of rivers and canals, inland waterway transport in the Mekong Delta has not developed as it should have, failing to help enterprises cut costs and boost competitiveness. Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat … [Read more...] about Social News 12/8