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United Nations launches “Team Halo” to counter misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines

On November 17, 2020, the United Nations along with “the Vaccine Confidence Project” of University of London launched “Team Halo”. More than 100 scientists from different parts of the world have come together under the project. Highlights Team Halo aims to tackle misinformation on safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Under the initiative, the scientists ..

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Facebook removes Trump, Pence campaign ads featuring Nazi symbol

Facebook has removed campaign ads by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle, which is a symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps. The tech giant stated that these posts violated the company’s policy against organised hate. Despite this move, ..

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Government launches ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ to curb misinformation on COVID-19

In order to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news on coronavirus and to reduce the panic among the citizens regarding the COVID-19, the Government of India has launched an official chatbot on the social media platform WhatsApp. This Chatbot is named ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ and is available to all WhatsApp users. Any user ..

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Google announces to launch training programme for journalists in India

Technology giant Google has recently announced the launch of a training programme for journalists with an aim to raise awareness against misinformation and providing new tools to the fourth estate against fake news. The Google News Initiative India Training Network will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the ..

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