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Facebook grows fact-checking network in India; adds five new partners

Facebook grows fact-checking network in India; adds five new partners

New Delhi, Feb 11 (UNI) Facebook India on Monday announced that it has added five new partners in the third-party fact-checking programme and has expanded it to three new languages.

Starting Monday, India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile and Fact Crescendo -- all of whom are certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network -- will review news stories on Facebook for facts, and rate their accuracy.

The existing partners of the programme are BOOM Live and AFP in languages including English,

Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.

Facebook India News Partnership Head Manish Khanduri said when a fact-checker rates a story as false, the Facebook India show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution. This stops the hoax from spreading and reduces the number of people who see it.

Pages and domains that repeatedly share false news will also see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed. This helps curb the spread of financially motivated false news.

“In our past experience, once a story is rated as false, we have been able to reduce its distribution by 80 per cent.

“We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season. And one way to do that is by growing our partnership with third-party fact-checkers. We now have seven partners across the country covering six languages, who will review and rate the accuracy of stories on Facebook," he added.

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HCL Technologies intents to acquire Cisco's SON Technology

29 May 2020 | 10:22 PM

Mumbai, May 29 (UNI) IT major, HCL Technologies, (HCL) on Friday announced its intent to acquire Cisco's Self-Optimizing Network (SON) technology.

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Ashoka Buildcon receives provisional certificate for NHAI project

29 May 2020 | 10:22 PM

Mumbai, May 29 (UNI) Infrastructure major, Ashoka Buildcon Ltd had announced the declaration of March 31, 2020 as the Commercial Operation Date (CoD) for its Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) Project of National Highways Authority of India ('NHAI') on May 28, 2020, for the Project viz. 4/6 laning of Kharar to Ludhiana section of NH-95 (new NH-05) from Kharar km. 10+185 (design chainage) to Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana km. 86+199 (design chainage) in the State of Punjab on Hybrid Annuity mode ('Project').

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KEC international Q4 consolidated net declines by 2 96 pc to Rs 192 88

29 May 2020 | 10:20 PM

Mumbai, May 29 (UNI) KEC international has reported a decline of 2.96 pc in its net profit for the quarter ended March 31,2020 at Rs 192.88 crores as against net profit of Rs 198.76 crores for the period ended March 31, 2019.

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Finance Commission holds meeting with Power Ministry

29 May 2020 | 10:18 PM

New Delhi, May 29 (UNI) The Finance Commission headed by N K Singh and including its Members and senior officials on Friday held a detailed meeting with the Power Ministry headed by Union Minister R K Singh on issues relating to the Reforms of the Electricity Sector in the States.
This was in continuation to the recommendations made on the power sector by the Finance Commission in its report for the financial year 2020-2021.

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Petrol, diesel to be dearer in J&K

29 May 2020 | 10:00 PM

Jammu, May 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday increased the rate of tax on sale of petrol and diesel in J&K by Rs 2 per litre and Rs 1 per litre respectively.

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