Spotting Fake News

Spotting Fake News

Online Safety
In the year 2017, many news published by the mainstream media through their official social media handles, were reported to be fake. This year, we hope that less people fall prey to it. Please find below the listicle that is made as a ready reckoner for spotting fake news. The content on spotting fake news has been taken from Facebook’s Help Centre. Be skeptical of headlines – False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are. Look closely at the URL – A phony or look-alike URL may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL. You can go to the site…
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Fight Phishing- Facebook Ups its Security Tools

Fight Phishing- Facebook Ups its Security Tools

#TalkingSafety
Phishing is an attempt by hackers to trick people into disclosing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Hackers often send emails disguised as messages from companies like Facebook as a guise of authenticity. In a bid to fortify its users against phishing in its name, Facebook revealed new safety settings on its platform. Using this, users can verify if the mail has been sent by Facebook or by someone else. Check this out with some simple steps below- First, Go to your drop down settings page on Facebook * Second, Click on Security and Login ** Third, The final step is selecting See recent emails from Facebook *** On clicking this, the following page opens up showing you the recent mails Facebook has sent you- Facebook…
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The Battleground for Victory

The Battleground for Victory

Current Events
The results for Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Elections 2017 are out and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has overruled the states but by meager numbers. During the exit poll, it was quite a tensed situation and difficult to foresee the upcoming ruling party. Nonetheless, the efforts made during the campaigns have resulted in big wins. Post the result declaration, a parliamentary board meeting was held of the winning party, where our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tweeted "The victory in Gujarat is special. Starting from 1989, people of Gujarat have been blessing BJP in every Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha election. It is an honour to be serving Gujarat for so many years. We will continue to work for Gujarat’s growth" Just a throwback at the campaigns done by the two…
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He Who Must Not Be Named

He Who Must Not Be Named

#TalkingSafety
Such was the fear of Lord Voldemort that people quaked at the very idea of uttering his name during his nearly three decade long reign (which saw his rise and fall and another rise and ultimate defeat). As the fear of him continued to grow even in his absence, a young boy emerged from the darkness who, unwittingly at first, addressed this fear head on by calling him by name and went on to do so as an act of defiance against him. It is in this context, dear readers, that I transport you from the world of fantasy fiction to the very real digital age and our new age death eaters, or trolls. Trolling is a form of cyber attack in which a certain user (called a troll) assails…
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#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

#SocialSurfing Redresses Social Media Grievances

Social Surfing
In association with Facebook since the year 2015, Centre for Social Research (CSR) launched ‘#SocialSurfing’. It is an initiative that has on board eight CSR team members, who go to colleges across India to talk about online safety, abuse, trolling, the art of counter speech, and using social media for social change. #SocialSurfing 3.0 rolled out this year has covered 159 colleges and approximately 8,000 students so far. The total target of #SocialSurfing 3.0 is 300 colleges and at least 15,000 more students. #SocialSurfing (2015) and #SocialSurfing 2.0 (2016) covered 105 colleges in over 21 states, 42 cities and reached out to more than 10,000 students. The structure of the #SocialSurfing workshop is designed to fit within one hour. With the help of videos, music, games and activities; the trainers…
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