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The digital epidemic killing Indians

Smartphones are making it easier for millions of Indians to communicate and share messages on social media. But misinformation is spreading fast and can often turn deadly. This is one such story. Video by Varun Nayar and Kunal Sehgal This story is part of a series by the BBC on disinformation and fake news – […]

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Meeting Kosovo's clickbait merchants

Image caption One clickbait merchant chose to remain anonymous Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a dark bar in a small town an hour’s drive from Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. In front of me, a man was nervously hunched over, his face turned away from the camera. He was a fake news merchant and he […]

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US man pleads guilty to game hacking charges

Image copyright EA Image caption Battlefield 3 was one game made unplayable by the attacks A US man accused of knocking game servers offline in a series of attacks has pleaded guilty to charges of computer hacking. Sony, EA Origin and Steam were all hit by Utah resident Austin Thompson’s attacks in 2013 and 2014. […]

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Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

Image copyright Luke McSweeney Image caption Rachael Miller believes the Cora Ball could hugely reduce microfibre pollution Concern is mounting over the volume of plastics in our oceans and, in particular, how tiny particles of plastic and other synthetic materials are infiltrating every part of our ecosystem. Can technology help address the problem? In October […]

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Facebook delays mandatory political ad ID checks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption UK politicians want to quiz Facebook about political ads and disinformation Facebook has delayed plans to make people who buy political adverts verify their identity. In a statement, it said the delay was necessary because some people were trying to “game” its ID system. Weaknesses were exposed by news […]