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Facebook, Tiktok, Twitter tackle coronavirus fake news

Facebook, Tiktok, Twitter tackle coronavirus fake news

Technology
Social media networks are taking steps to address false information about the coronavirus on their sites.Facebook, Twitter and Tiktok are among the firms working to provide links to accurate information.The number of posts containing misinformation about the spread and alleged cures for the coronavirus has soared. So far more than 250 people have died as a result of the outbreak and cases have been reported in 22 countries.The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.Most social media networks have rules banning the posting of hateful or defamatory information. But following a backlash against firms such as Facebook and Twitter for allowing fake news to spread during the 2016 US presidential election, networks...
Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

Sham news sites make big bucks from fake views

Technology
Forbes and Business Insider are both well-known news sites. So is forbesbusinessinsider.com a new spin-off?No. It has nothing to do with either Forbes or Business Insider.In fact, it's a site that copies and pastes entire articles from other publishers and reposts them with very slight changes. There are 350 million registered domain names on the internet. Experts say it's impossible to count how many are sham news sites.But just like legitimate websites, they earn money from the major tech companies that pay them to display ads. Billions of dollarsAmazon and Google are two of the world's biggest players in the digital advertising industry.They bring in billions of dollars a year from selling access to ad space across the internet. When the BBC recently v...
Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales

Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales

Health
Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses under the charges, another company owned by the family has used the same tactics to peddle its signature painkiller, OxyContin, in China, according to interviews with current and former employees and documents obtained by the Associated Press. The documents and interviews indicate that representatives from the Sacklers’ Chinese affiliate, Mundipharma, tell doctors that time-release painkillers like OxyContin are less addictive than other opioids—the same pitch that Purdue Pharma, the U.S. company owned
YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device YouTube's algorithm promotes fake cancer cures in a number of languages and the site runs adverts for major brands and universities next to misleading videos, a BBC investigation has found.Searching YouTube across 10 languages, the BBC found more than 80 videos containing health misinformation - mainly bogus cancer cures. Ten of the videos found had more than a million views. Many were accompanied by adverts. The unproven "cures" often involved consuming specific substances, such as turmeric or baking soda. Juice diets or extreme fasting were also common themes. Some YouTubers advocated drinking donkey's milk or boiling water. None of the so-called cures offered are clinically proven to treat cancer...