Fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook and WhatsApp Apr 05, 2019 0 520 12345 IANSNew DelhiBarely a week away from when the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant scrambles for solutions which are few and far between.The game on Facebook is different from other social media platforms as several Pages, Groups and accounts have been renamed to push the election agenda as the requirements from the political quarters soar. According to social media experts, renaming the Facebook Pages or Groups to promote political campaigns and influence voters has become common and the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven algorithms are not sufficient to handle such a huge volume in a country where Facebook has over 30 crore users and WhatsApp another 30 crore monthly.“There are over 200 fake Facebook Groups and Pages with more than one lakh followers which are currently influencing the group members and followers with biased political content,” leading social media expert Anoop Mishra told IANS. There are fake profile pages created by fans of journalists like Ravish Kumar (“I Support Ravish Kumar” with over 18 lakh followers) and Punya Prasun Bajpai (“Prasoon Vajpaaye Fans” with over 10 lakh followers) being used to push a political agenda.There are several such examples where people who joined Facebook renamed their Pages, Groups and accounts later, only to use it for spreading their political agenda in the election season. RELATED ARTICLES Rahul files nomination from Kerala, Cong vows to sweep polls in state Apr 05, 2019 0 1307 Massive rise in mental health awareness in India, says report Apr 05, 2019 0 420 Maoist attack on troops in Chhattisgarh kicks up fears for India’s LS polls Apr 05, 2019 0 438 Kerala student set ablaze, dies IANS Thrissur, Kerala A 22-year-old engineering student died on Thursday near here after she was set ablaze by a man, said to be her friend, police said. It was a premeditated attack. The 32-year-old attacker was .. ED grills bizman in AgustaWestland chopper scandal New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned businessman Ratul Puri in the national capital in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam, the agency said. The questioning is going .. Two IAF officers killed in Pulwama road accident IANS Srinagar Two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were killed and two other officers were injured on Thursday in a road accident in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. According to .. Singapore seizes record shipment of pangolin scales Singapore: Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales worth some $38.7 million, officials said on Thursday, calling it the largest such haul globally in recent years. .. Congo arrests leader wanted over mass rapes Reuters KINSHASA A Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday. Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely ..