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  • Putin has been taking no chances with domestic dissent in Russia - shuttering independent media, arresting anti-war demonstrators and threatening jail terms of 15 years for anyone spreading fake news. News18
  • The Russian government has since passed a fake news law that threatens journalists with up to 15 years in prison for any fake reporting about the invasion of Ukraine. Press Gazette
  • Although France supports freedom of speech and allows unfiltered access to online content, there have been concerns about several government proposals to combat fake news and address terrorist threats. vpnMentor
  • Russia has many high-profile creators who make their living from TikTok so we can expect even more people to be motivated to protest against the fake news laws. BBC News
  • The US has condemned a new law in Russia that threatens jail terms of up to 15 years for spreading what the Kremlin calls fake news and urged continued action across sectors to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. Al Jazeera
  • Russia is set to introduce a new law that will make it a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison to spread fake news about the Kremlin's military operation in Ukraine. The Times
  • Various Ukrainian media outlets and social media channels are spreading fake news about China backing Russia, leading to an increase in threats and insults directed at local Chinese citizens. What's on Weibo
  • Turkey now ranks 31st out of 35 in the Open Society Foundation's Media Literacy Index, owing to its low potential to deal with effects of fake news and misinformation mainly due to underperformance in media freedom and education. Asia Times
  • Though human moderators alone could not prevent the recent proliferation of fake news from spreading across the Internet, AI solutions built with data analytics will grow over the next decade. Dark Reading
  • Americas - A BrazilianSupreme Court justice said that Brazilian authorities will not tolerate fake news in 2022's election, and that any individuals found spreading fake news could face prison and be banned from running. JD Supra
  • Social media companies are working with the TSE to understand how to best fight fake news about 2022's election. Americas Quarterly
  • Governments, technology platforms and other stakeholders have become increasingly alert to the dangers of online misinformation and disinformation over the past decade - particularly in the time since Donald Trump popularised the term fake news during his 2016 US presidential election campaign. La Trobe University
  • The multitude of problems that have stemmed from Covid-19 is being compounded by a startling vaccine hesitancy, fuelled by fake news on social media, and threatens to create a lost generation of African youth. New African Magazine
  • Ukraine's media landscape is threatened by the disruption of traditional information delivery methods and consumption patterns; fake news and disinformation; a changing media economy; competition from social media and tech giants; and political turbulence and hostile actors, parti cularly Russia. Chatham House - International Affairs Think Tank
  • The spreading of fake news about Covid -19, including forwarding WhatsApp messages which are later found false, could attract up to a year in prison. Hindustan Times
  • China stepped up its fight against soaring commodities prices by threatening top executives with severe punishment for violations ranging from excessive speculation to spreading fake news. aiSource
  • US lawmakers will grill the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter today on their failure to halt the spread of fake news. Verdict
  • At the start of June, France announced it will launch an agency in September to combat foreign disinformation and fake news, less than a year before its next presidential election.
  • Deepfake videos begin to fill social media, exacerbating the amount of fake news and threatening every leader globally, while also threatening social cohesion and government trust. Kalypso
  • When Facebook and other social media companies allow the pollution of public information, fact-based, credible journalism is grievously weakened, and democracy is threatened. Cal Performances
  • Fake news and disinformation have become a global threat for information integrity and are driving distrust towards individuals, communities and governments worldwide. insideBIGDATA
  • One of the most widespread and disruptive impacts of artificial intelligence in recent years has been its role in the rise of media echo chambers and fake news. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Google on Wednesday announced that it will be spending nearly $30 million in Europe to combat misinformation and fake news. TheHill

Last updated: 29 May 2022