India has banned the official Twitter accounts of several Pakistani diplomatic missions, journalists and some prominent personalities under the Information Technology Act, 2000, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad has claimed
The banned accounts include accounts of the Pakistani Embassy in UN, Turkey, Iran and Egypt.
“Deeply concerning that #India has blocked the flow of information to Indian Twitter by withholding access to the following official accounts,” Geo News quoted the Ministry as saying in a tweet on Monday night, while listing down the banned accounts.
“Diminishing space for plurality of voices & access to info in India is extremely alarming,” the tweet added.
The Ministry called out Twitter, saying that social media platforms should abide by the applicable international norms.
It said that the government of Pakistan is urging the tech company to restore access to the restricted accounts immediately and ensure adherence to democratic freedoms of speech and expression.
Meanwhile, the Twitter handles of journalists, including The News and Geo News reporter in London, Murtaza Ali Shah and CJ Werleman have also been withheld by the company under India’s Information Technology Act, 2000, Geo News reported.
Murtaza Ali Shah has around 550,000 followers on his verified Twitter @MurtazaViews account.
He has been associated with The News and Geo for more than 17 years.
Shah confirmed he received an email notice from Twitter about India’s legal action against his account.
Thousands of Twitter accounts operating from Pakistan turn any issue against India into an international issue within a few hours. Further, these accounts from Pakistan are not only in the name of Pakistani users but are also with foreign names … A special report by Parul Tewari
Pakistan has launched a proxy war against India for the last several decades. Moreover, after the humiliating defeat in the last four wars, Pakistan no longer tries to confront India directly. But, sometimes it conducts attacks by sending terrorists from across the border and sometimes tries to harm India’s internal security through its henchmen. But, now it has begun a new front against India. In which it is trying to tarnish the image of India in front of the world. For this, it is using Twitter extensively. Pakistan has set up a massive troll army on Twitter.
And, this army becomes active as soon as any issue against India comes to the fore. Thousands of Twitter accounts operating from Pakistan turn any issue against India into an international issue within a few hours. Further, these accounts from Pakistan are not only in the name of Pakistani users but are also with foreign names.
Due to this, it appears that voices are being raised against India from other countries as well. We are going to disclose some of these Twitter accounts. Although these accounts are Pakistani these accounts appear to be Chinese, Russian, Turkish, American, etc. by username.
This entire propaganda of Pakistan is based on China’s Little Pink Army or Internet Water Army. About what we have already covered in our very recent report- Chinese social media influencers are targeting foreign countries. In that report, we have disclosed how China is hiring accounts against India and America and is targeting social media influencers of these countries. On the other hand, Pakistan is trying to malign India’s image by creating fake accounts in the names of social media influencers from China, Turkey, and America.
This account was created in August 2019. The old username of this account is @Maleehaaa__. Whereas the user ID of this account is 116604561615757312. This account is a Pakistani account. However, it is Operated under the name of Chinese user Liza Wang with the aim of misleading people. Moreover, the account describes itself as a journalist and a column writer. Further, looking at the wall of this account, we can see that this account not only spreads anti-India propaganda but also promotes the Gwadar project under the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Furthermore, this account had tweeted many anti-India tweets regarding the ongoing hijab controversy in Karnataka.
The word cloud of this account contains words that were mostly used in this account’s tweets. The maximum number of words used include ” Pakistan”, ” China”, ” Pakistani”.
The engagement timeline shows the period in which this account was most active. If we look at the full timeline, we can see that tweets were made from this account in April 2021. The timeline graph shows that the maximum tweets were made from April 2021- to April 2022. If we take a closer look at the monthly timeline, we can see that the account engagement was very high in October 2021.
The pie-chart of types of the post shows that the tweets were made in a larger proportion as compared to re-tweets and replies.
The most frequently used hashtag is #Pakistan. After that are # cpec , # gwadar , #beautiful Pakistan, #china, etc..
The users who were mostly mentioned by this account were @ Gwadar_Pro, followed by @ jawad_raza_khan, @ ImranKhanPTI Are included.
This account was created in June 2021. The old username for this is account @ PapaPrinces4 ( Hira Yusuf). Whereas the user ID of this account is 1400120091664998400. This account is also actually the account of a Pakistani user. This account has been created in the name of a travel blogger to deceive people. Most of the tweets made from this account are related to the Gwadar project. Along with this, this account also promotes Pakistan Tourism. Apart from this, this account has also tweeted anti-India tweets related to the hijab controversy
This Russian account was Created in March 2020. This account has changed its username to @786_chacha. Moreover, the user ID of this account is 124595544516460545 Is. This account is also operated in Pakistan. Michail Boris has reportedly been promoted as a political and defense analyst. This account often targets Indian Social Influencers. Moreover, this account had targeted former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir over India’s purchase of Rafale fighter jets from France. Gautam Gambhir, while posting the picture of Rafael, wrote that The Big Birds are finally here! To which this account tweeted that “Be careful not to send this to Pakistan otherwise Pakistani pilots easily know how to hunt big birds. There is a message for big birds is to stay in their nests and be safe. ”
Quoting this tweet, Pakistan’s alleged media outlet ’24 Digital’ also ran news against Gautam Gambhir. It was titled as Russian journalist shoots down Gambhir’s Big Birds euphoria
Although this account is now suspended and is now running under the new username of @786_chacha.This account is said to be operating from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. Only a few tweets have been made from this account. But, these tweets are related to the internal issues of India. For example, farmers’ movement, etc. Apart from this, another account is also running in the name of @ MechailBoriss. All the tweets of this account are also in support of Pakistan.
This Chinese account was Created in July 2017. The username of this account is ASIFCHEEMA4444. And, the user ID of this account is 880880489694998528. This account is also Pakistani. But this account now associates itself with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). The tweets of this account are in support of China and mostly against India.
After the removal of Article 370, this account @ ASIFCHEEMA4444, had also tweeted against musician Javed Akhtar on the issue of Kashmir. Times of India has quoted in its news related to the statement of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra on the Kashmir issue.
Apart from this, fake Twitter accounts have been created in the name of some Turkish actors. These accounts are indulged in anti-India propaganda. Like – @ EnginAltanDuz, _, @handeesubasii, and @ozget is 0 rer, etc. _ All these accounts are of the characters of the famous Turkish drama series Diriliş: Ertuğrul और Kuruluş: Osman. These series are being dubbed in Urdu by Pakistan and broadcast on its own Pakistan Television Corporation’s PTV channel. Moreover, it is also very popular among Muslim youth in India. @CengizCoskuun, @NurettinSonme, @handeesubasii, @ozget0rer
All these accounts are fake. All the tweets done through these accounts are common. The sequence of the tweet is also the same. The timing of tweets from all these accounts is also the same. Hence, we can say that these accounts are fake. At the same time, none of these actors use Twitter. Everyone has a verified account on Instagram. Like – HYPERLINK “https://www.instagram.com/enginaltandzytn/”@enginaltandzytn , @ esbilgic , @ cengizcoskunnn , @ NurettinSonme @ handesubasi.com
Recently, tweets related to the ongoing controversy in Karnataka have been made through these fake accounts. Quoting these tweets, many portals and YouTube channels ran fake news about the anti-India statements of these actors. However, he did not make any such statement.
Pakistan’s propaganda against India is increasing. These are some of the accounts that our team has exposed. The number of Pakistani fake accounts engaged in anti-India propaganda is in the thousands. The Government of India and the Union Home Ministry should take immediate steps to deal with this propaganda of Pakistan. These things are harming not only the international image of India but are also a threat to the internal security of India.
According to Osborne, Facebook has fact-checkers who limit posts that include misinformation…reports Asian Lite News.
Social media posts that push misinformation, spin, lies, and deceit — otherwise known as “fake news” — generated six times more clicks, likes, shares, and interactions on Facebook compared to traditional news sources between August 2020 to January 2021, according to a study.
The forthcoming peer-reviewed study was jointly conducted by New York University and Université Grenoble Alpes in France as it focused on user behavior on Facebook around the 2020 US presidential election.
The phrase “fake news” took shape in mid-2016 during Donald Trump’s run to the presidency and essentially morphed into an angry political slur during Trump’s first term and his unsuccessful re-election campaign four years later.
Facebook is certainly not the only social media platform to benefit from the exploration of “fake news” as the phrase has quickly become part of America’s lexicon.
“This report looks mostly at how people engage with content, which should not be confused with how many people actually see it on Facebook,” Joe Osborne, company spokesman, said.
“When you look at the content that gets the most reach across Facebook, it is not at all like what this study suggests.”
However, the number of people who actually view a certain post, known as impressions, is not available to researchers or the public.
According to Osborne, Facebook has fact-checkers who limit posts that include misinformation.
In early August, Facebook reportedly shut down the personal accounts of the NYU researchers involved in the study, citing that the group was publishing academic studies about the platform at “the expense of people’s privacy.”
According to experts, however, this study will validate the criticism that Facebook’s algorithms fuel the spread of misinformation and “fake news” over more trustworthy information.
Facebook and other social media companies have recently been attempting to increase their scrutiny over misinformation and disinformation shared on the platforms. In August, Facebook announced it had dismantled 53 accounts and 51 pages sharing misinformation on its site.
The multinational technology company, based in Menlo Park, Calif., was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and four other students at Harvard College. Today Zuckerberg serves as the CEO, chairman, and controlling shareholder of Facebook.
“It is clear now that we did not do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well,” Zuckerberg said when he testified before a joint US Senate Committee nearly two years before the 2020 presidential election.
“That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We did not take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I am sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I am responsible for what happens here.”
Social media and access to reliable knowledge is also highlighted as a barrier to progress…reports Asian Lite News.
While technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help the world deal with dangerous climate and environmental change, fake news on social media about global warming and biodiversity loss has emerged as a barrier in the climate change mitigation efforts, a group of scientists has warned.
The report, published in Ambio, a journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, concludes that inequality and environmental challenges are deeply linked. Reducing inequality will increase trust within societies.
Trust is essential for governments to make long-term decisions, the report argues.
Social media and access to reliable knowledge is also highlighted as a barrier to progress.
“As the pressure of human activities accelerates on Earth, so too does the hope that technologies such as artificial intelligence will be able to help us deal with dangerous climate and environmental change,” said Co-author Victor Galaz, Deputy Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
“That will only happen however, if we act forcefully in ways that redirects the direction of technological change towards planetary stewardship and responsible innovation.”
Human actions are threatening the resilience and stability of Earth’s biosphere — the wafer-thin veil around Earth where life thrives, according to the report published for the first Nobel Prize Summit, a digital gathering to be held in April to discuss the state of the planet in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In a single human lifetime, largely since the 1950s, we have grossly simplified the biosphere, a system that has evolved over 3.8 billion years. Now just a few plants and animals dominate the land and oceans,” said lead author Carl Folke, Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Chair of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
“Our actions are making the biosphere more fragile, less resilient and more prone to shocks than before.”