Stories about Disinformation from August, 2018

31 August 2018

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

17 August 2018

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

14 August 2018

Facebook bans 196 pages in Brazil, attempting to rein in abuse and disinformation

Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.

6 August 2018

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."

2 August 2018

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."