Latest News

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge'

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge' Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge'
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban both view migration as "one of the greatest challenges"...
Read More...

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms
The European Commission on Tuesday welcomed Romania's pledge to renounce controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism...
Read More...

In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal

In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal
Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday urged whoever succeeds her to get Britain out of the EU quickly but with a deal, as she met the bloc's...
Read More...

Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote

Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote
Europe's mainstream political parties took a hit in elections on Sunday but held off a strong surge by the populist right of Marine Le Pen,...
Read More...

Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears

Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears
As up to 400 million Europeans prepare to vote for the EU parliament, the populist challenge to the Brussels consensus has been disrupted by...
Read More...

Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group

Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group
  Facebook has closed 23 mostly pro-government pages in Italy which were spreading fake news and anti-immigrant content, after an investigation...
Read More...

Key parties in South Africa's elections

Key parties in South Africa's elections Key parties in South Africa's elections
A potpourri of 48 political parties contested South Africa's general election Wednesday - a record number.
Read More...

H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement

H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement
Four prominent leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement were jailed on Wednesday for their role in organizing mass pro-democracy protests...
Read More...

Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests

Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests
  Organizers canceled a conference at a Paris university featuring an address by Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut following the threat...
Read More...

Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest

Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest
Ugandan police said Tuesday it had placed pop star MP Bobi Wine under "preventive arrest" as the fiery government critic warned his opposition...
Read More...

Most Popular Stories

VIDEO AND audio news:

Features, views, analysis

business

Latest News

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge'

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge' Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge'
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban both view migration as "one of the greatest challenges"...
Read More...

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms
The European Commission on Tuesday welcomed Romania's pledge to renounce controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism...
Read More...

In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal

In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal In Brussels, May urges successor to seek Brexit deal
Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday urged whoever succeeds her to get Britain out of the EU quickly but with a deal, as she met the bloc's...
Read More...

Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote

Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote Battered EU centre holds off populist surge in vote
Europe's mainstream political parties took a hit in elections on Sunday but held off a strong surge by the populist right of Marine Le Pen,...
Read More...

Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears

Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears Scandal dogs populists as EU vote nears
As up to 400 million Europeans prepare to vote for the EU parliament, the populist challenge to the Brussels consensus has been disrupted by...
Read More...

Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group

Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group
  Facebook has closed 23 mostly pro-government pages in Italy which were spreading fake news and anti-immigrant content, after an investigation...
Read More...

Key parties in South Africa's elections

Key parties in South Africa's elections Key parties in South Africa's elections
A potpourri of 48 political parties contested South Africa's general election Wednesday - a record number.
Read More...

H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement

H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement H.K. democracy leaders jailed over Umbrella Movement
Four prominent leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement were jailed on Wednesday for their role in organizing mass pro-democracy protests...
Read More...

Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests

Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests Paris university cancels conference featuring Jewish philosopher’s address due to threat of protests
  Organizers canceled a conference at a Paris university featuring an address by Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut following the threat...
Read More...

Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest

Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest
Ugandan police said Tuesday it had placed pop star MP Bobi Wine under "preventive arrest" as the fiery government critic warned his opposition...
Read More...

Most Popular Stories

 

Facebook has closed 23 mostly pro-government pages in Italy which were spreading fake news and anti-immigrant content, after an investigation by Avaaz, the civil rights group said on Monday.

More than half of the pages, which had a total of almost 2.5 million followers, supported the far-right anti-immigrant League party or the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which form the ruling coalition, Avaaz said in a statement.

The most active page translates as "We want the Five Star Movement in government" which had shared a quote wrongly attributed to anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano that he would "prefer to save migrants than Italian earthquake victims."

Saviano was forced to publicly deny having said it.

A pro-League page shared a video which it wrongly said depicted migrants smashing up a police car.

The footage was in fact filmed for a movie, but was viewed almost 10 million times, days ahead of next week's European parliament elections in which Italian populist parties hope to do well.

"This is more proof that lies designed to sow hate and division in our societies are being spread deliberately on social media ahead of the EU elections," said Avaaz's Christoph Schott.

"Facebook has done a good job in taking these pages down, but it says a lot that a multi-billion dollar company is relying on a crowd-funded Avaaz investigation to defend Europe’s democracy. Facebook need to do more, and they need to do it fast."

Avaaz also noted the practice of "recycling followers" used by some supporters of the two ruling parties, whereby a page with non-political content changes its name to become political or partisan, retaining likes and followers.

One such page "was started as an agricultural breeders’ association of the Messina province and eventually became a League-supporting local chapter. The change was made one word at a time, gradually, using the ambiguity of the word 'League' to avoid the automatic checks carried out by Facebook," Avaaz said.

Facebook and other social networks are regularly accused of not doing enough to eliminate fake news from its platform.AFP

deneme