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WhatsApp to bring fake news verification model Verificado in India

WhatsApp to bring fake news verification model Verificado in India

In its effort to prevent misuse of the platform ahead of general election in India in 2019, Whatsapp is planning to bring a fake news verification model, Verificado, in India.

The model was recently used in Mexico Presidential election, where users attempt to spread rumours to Verificado’s Whatsapp account were foiled.

The initiative was supported by around 90 organisations including universities, media groups, NGOs, and social media giants such as Facebook and Google to help tackle the problem of fake news. Krzna, an AI-powered search tool was used to scan such posts during the election.

The messaging service executives, who met with Election Commision official, said that the platform will look out for spam messaging techniques in the run-up to state polls scheduled for 2018-end, said an ET report. And later learnings will be used to frame a broader approach for general elections in 2019.

Whatsapp said that it will maintain high vigilance throughout the period, especially 48 hours before polling begins.

The messages will be end-to-end encrypted and protect the privacy of messages, it added.

In last few months, Whatsapp had come under the spotlight after fake news circulated on WhatsApp led to a number of mob-lynchings in India. On July 1 in Maharashtra, five people were killed by a mob, who did so after they read forwarded messages which claimed that those five people were child-abductors.

Following the incident, the government had sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp. In a notice, it asked the messaging platform to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation” through the application of appropriate technology.

However, in a response, WhatsApp said it had taken many steps in this regard. In May the messaging platform added new protections to prevent people from adding others back into groups which they had left — a form of misuse we think it is important to correct.

And last week, It claimed to launch a new setting that enables administrators to decide who gets to send messages within individual groups. Besides, the messaging platform is said to be testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender.

Though, the government is not satisfied with it and has set up an internal group of officers to examine the possibility of sending a second notice.

The ministry has tasked the group to identify specific technical measures which WhatsApp can be asked to implement.

Source: Entrackr

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Ragpicker’s son selected for MBBS at Jodhpur AIIMS

Ragpicker’s son selected for MBBS at Jodhpur AIIMS

A ragpicker's son, Asharam Choudhary who has always dreamt of becoming a doctor, has found a seat for himself at Jodhpur AIIMS for MBBS. Asharam Choudhary, who belongs to Vijayaganj Mandi, Uttar Pradesh, has always dreamt of doing something for his village and now, is finally realising his dream as he has cleared the examination at AIIMS.

Reflecting on the same Asharam said, 'I want to thank my parents and Navodaya Vidyalaya, and also Dakshina foundation for providing me financial help. A doctor in my village inspired me to choose this profession. Now when I have got admission in MBBS I want to help people of this areas as there is no doctor with a degree here.”

However, Asharam Choudhary’s father Ranjit Choudhary saddens by telling that the family is financially weak. He said, “He has got admission in AIIMS but we don’t have money to support him. Let’s see what we can do. As of now a doctor and the Collector helped us.”

As the proverb goes, ‘If there’s a will, there will always be a way’, Asharam Choudhary has become a source of inspiration to many.

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No-confidence motion: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, then hugs him

No-confidence motion highlights: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi, then hugs him

Political battle lines drew deeper in the Lok Sabha monsoon session as Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi government over a list of issues amid the no-confidence motion debate on Friday, July 20.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government was expected to have a smooth sailing, Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party had vowed to use the occasion to highlight the plight of farmers, minorities, poor economy, and mob-lynching.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi began his speech in Lok Sabha by declaring that the BJP leaders' speeches are nothing more than Jumla strikes. Gandhi launched a blistering attack on Modi saying “daro mat (don’t be afraid)”

Modi is afraid - Rahul Gandhi

Highlights of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha:

Rahul Gandhi leads Congress charge, calls Modi govt 'Jumla Sarkar'

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Andhra Pradesh is a victim of the 21st-century 'Jumla Sarkar.' Farmers, dalits, tribals and women are the victims of the jumla. Continuing his attack on the Modi govt, Gandhi said the first strike is the Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, the second is the 2 crore jobs promised for the youth. The reality is that four lakh youth received employment.

Rahul Gandhi targeted Centre on Rafale deal

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the defence minister Nirmala first said that she will reveal details of the Rafale jet prices. After that, she clearly said that she can't reveal the figures because there is a secrecy pact between the French and Indian government. I met the French prime minister and asked whether is there a pact, but he said that there is no such pact between the two countries

“PM is not Chaukidaar, but Bhagidaar” said Rahul accusing Modi of favouring some businessmen

Rahul Gandhi said that PM Modi favours some businessmen. Rahul said, "I think everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain business people. One of those people was given the Rafale contract. That person benefitted with thousands and thousands of crores. The gentleman benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore. Modi says he is a chaukidaar (watchman) of the country. He is not a 'chaukidaar', but a 'bhagidaar' (participant).

Modi is not a chaukidaar, he is a bhagidar - Rahul Gandhi

Rahul speaking over women’s protection in India

Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on women’s safety, saying “a few days ago, the Economist cover said India can't protect its women. There is an opinion abroad, that for the first time in its history, it is not able to protect its women. Women face gang-rapes, atrocities - this is the reputation India is building up these days.

Rahul hugs PM Modi

The session was adjourned at an interesting turn when Rahul concluded the speech saying, “you think I have hatred for Modi, but I am indebted to Modi, BJP, RSS because they have taught me what it means to work for Congress and what it means to be a Hindu.”

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took everyone by surprise when he walked over to the other side of the Well, shook hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hugged him.


Also read: Cash crunch: Rahul slams Modi for destroying banking system

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TMC’s Saugata Roy attacks govt, says Modi syndicate looting India

TMC's Saugata Roy attacks govt, says Modi syndicate looting India

Speaking on the no-confidence motion, AITMC's Saugata Roy said that the prime minister recently spoke of the TMC syndicate. I will tell you about the Modi syndicate, he said. "There is Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, and Bade (Big) Modi who are looting the government," Roy said which was met with loud disruptions from the Treasury benches. Roy shot back by saying that he has not named anybody and Modi is not an unparliamentary word yet, unless anybody wants it included in the list of expunged words.

"The prime minister recently held a rally in West Bengal, which was completely meaningless. He did not unveil any new schemes, nor did he speak about the state's development. What did he talk about?"

Prime Minister lowered the discourse

Roy answered his own question saying the prime minister only spoke of a laughable idea that Durga Pujo is in threat if TMC stays, and he talked of Trinamool's Syndicate. "Prime minister kitnagirayenge discourse ko. Vo discourse ko itna giraye, itna giraye ki bolne ke samay pandal bhi gar gaya.  (How much will the PM lower the bar of political discourse. His Midnapore rally went so low that even the pandal fell," Roy said.

PM Modi's globetrotting cost India Rs 1800

Saugata Roy targetted Modi for 'globetrotting' and mocked him for refering to former US president Barack Obama as his friend, adding that, 'PM ko pheriwaala jaisey ghoomnay ka zaroorat nai, Hindustan apne pairon pe khade ho to apne aap izzat hogi'.

He alleged that the prime minister took 42 trips to 52 countries that cost the national coffers Rs 1800 crore and the outcome of these state visits is next to zero.

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Poet Gopaldas Neeraj passes away at 93

Poet Gopaldas passes away: Sneak-peek into his work

Famous Hindi lyricist-poet Gopaldas Neeraj passed at the age of 93 away on Thursday evening at the AIIMS trauma centre. Kavi Neeraj, who was a Padma Bhushan awardee, had suffered a head injury following a fall at his house in Agra and was undergoing treatment at a hospital there.

Veteran poet Neeraj was an author in Hindi literature and a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. His style was easy to understand and considered to be high-quality Hindi literature.

The Padma Bhushan awardee had contributed numerous songs to the Indian film industry and earned reputation as a prominent song-writer. His super hit works include songs like Phoolon Ke Rang Se, Rangeela Re, Dil Aaj Shayar hai Gum Aaj Nagma Hai, Aaj Madhosh Hua Jaaye re, Swapn Jhare Phool Se, Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe, Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo, Khilte Hain Gul Yahan, Jeevan Ki Bagiya Mehkegi and many more.

He was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1991 and was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2007. Neeraj won three Filmfare awards in the best song category.

Hailing from Uttar Pradesh the renowned poet was born on January 4, 1925. He was born in the village of Purvali near Mahewa in UP.