Julhas Alam, Associated Press Updated 6:32 am CST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 An employee at a photography institute checks his Facebook account in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, a top security official with the global social media platform said Thursday. The sites _ nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda _ were created by Bangladeshis associated with the government, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told the AP in an exclusive interview. less An employee at a photography institute checks his Facebook account in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the ... more … [Read more...] about Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote
By Serajul QuadirDHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's telecoms regulator shut down dozens of online news portals for several hours on Monday, citing security reasons, as officials scrutinise hundreds of sites before a parliamentary election this month. gi The move comes as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government is already facing criticism for introducing laws that many journalists fear are aimed at curbing press freedom. (https://reut.rs/2BgPhKr)The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) asked International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators to block 58 news sites, BTRC spokesman Zakir Hossain Khan said, without elaborating on the security concerns. The portals were inaccessible for at least 12 hours. "When an issue is raised to us by the commission which is related to law and order of the country, we are bound to comply," IIG President Sarwar Alam Shikder said. The 58 sites were found to be not registered with the information ministry and therefore their content was … [Read more...] about Bangladesh briefly shuts dozens of online news sites, citing security concerns
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Monday granted bail to the top executive of a news website critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's policies after she was indicted of tax evasion charges, a case she described as "politically motivated".The Department of Justice in October indicted the executive, Maria Ressa, and online news platform Rappler (www.rappler.com), for attempting to evade taxes by not reporting gains of almost $3 million in the company's 2015 tax returns.gi "I will continue addressing the charges with nothing other than to show they are politically motivated, and they are manufactured," Ressa told reporters after posting bail of 60,000 pesos ($1,148.33).The court set her arraignment for Friday. Rappler has challenged Duterte frequently, questioning the accuracy of his public statements and scrutinising his war on drugs and his foreign policies. It drew the ire of Duterte, who has lashed out at the news site in several public speeches.Critics said the tax dodging case … [Read more...] about Philippine court grants bail to news site chief in tax evasion case
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' justice department said on Friday it had found cause to indict online news site Rappler and its top executive for tax evasion. The justice department said it "found probable cause" to indict Rappler for violation of the country's tax laws after it did not declare gains made in its 2015 tax returns. Rappler said in a statement the indictment "is a clear form of harassment" and "an attempt to silence reporting that does not please the administration." The news site's lawyer, Francis Lim, also said the case "has no legal leg to stand on" because Rappler did not evade any tax obligation. Rappler is a frequent critic of the Philippines' leader, Rodrigo Duterte, questioning the accuracy of his public statements and scrutinising his war on drugs and his foreign policy decisions. In a resolution last month, but made public only on Friday, a state prosecutor upheld a complaint from the internal revenue agency that Rappler and its top executive, Maria Ressa, … [Read more...] about Philippines to charge news site Rappler for tax evasion
In an era when the president of the United States frequently condemns traditional news outlets as “fake news” and urges the public to turn away from them as news sources, it’s easy to believe that that is what many people are doing. But a new major study shows just the opposite. Adobe Analytics looked aggregated the data from over 400 large news websites and apps since January 2016 encompassing over 150 billion visits. From this data Adobe discovered: Consumers are continuing to rely on established news sources, with major traditional national news outlets seeing 22% overall visit growth during the period. What’s interesting is that all the political drama in the U.S. is driving foreign traffic to U.S. national news sites, with nearly three our of every 10 visits to U.S. news sites coming from outside the country. And the majority (51%) of national news sites’ traffic now comes from smartphones. It’s not just the websites are benefiting. National … [Read more...] about So much for “fake news” blowhards. Traditional national news sites are thriving.