With fact-checks, Twitter takes on a new kind of task – Times of India

With fact-checks, Twitter takes on a new kind of task – Times of India

In addition to disputing misleading claims made by US President Donald Trump about mail-in ballots this week, Twitter has added fact-checking labels to thousands of other tweets since introducing the alerts earlier this month, mostly on posts about the coronavirus.
The company does not expect to need additional staff for the undertaking, Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said on Saturday. Nor is it partnering with independent fact-checking organisations, as Facebook and Google have, to outsource the debunking of viral posts flagged by users.
Social media platforms have been under fierce scrutiny over how they police rapidly spreading false information and other types of abusive content since Russia exploited the networks to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Fact-checking groups said they welcomed Twitter’s new approach, which adds a “get the facts” tag linking to more information, but said they hoped the company would more clearly lay out its methodology and reasoning.
On Friday, CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged the criticism, saying he agreed fact-checking “should be open source and thus verifiable by everyone.” In a separate tweet, Dorsey said more transparency from the company was “critical.”
The company’s move to label Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots separates it from larger competitors such as Facebook, which declares its neutrality by leaving fact-check decisions to third-party partners and exempts politicians’ posts from review.
“To a degree, fact-checking is subjective. It’s subjective in what you pick to check, and it’s subjective in how you rate something,” said Aaron Sharockman, executive director of US fact-checking site PolitiFact, who said Twitter’s process was opaque.
Twitter telegraphed in May that its new policy of adding fact-checking labels to disputed or misleading coronavirus information would be expanded to other topics. It said this week – after tagging Trump’s tweets – that it was now labelling misleading content related to election integrity.
Twitter’s Kelley said the team is continuing to expand the effort to include other topics, prioritising claims that could cause people immediate harm.
A Twitter spokesman said the company’s Trust and Safety division is tasked with the “leg-work” on such labels, but declined to give the team’s size. This week, Twitter defended one of these employees after he was blasted as politically biased by Trump and his supporters over 2017 tweets.
Twitter also drew Trump’s ire for putting a warning over his tweet about protests in Minnesota over the police killing of a black man for “glorifying violence,” an enactment of a 2019 policy that was long-awaited by the site’s critics.
In the tweet, Trump warned the mostly African-American protesters that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a phrase used during the civil rights era to justify police violence against demonstrators.
Facebook did not take action on the same post.
The Twitter spokesman said decisions on the labels are made by a team of executives, including Sean Edgett, Twitter’s general counsel, and Del Harvey, the vice president of Trust and Safety. CEO Jack Dorsey is informed before actions are taken.
The company’s curation team aggregates tweets on the disputed claims and writes a summary for a landing page. The team, which includes former journalists, normally pulls together content in categories including Trending, News, Entertainment, Sports and Fun.
Twitter, whose executives at one time referred to it as “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” has been tightening content policies for several years after recognising that abuses had grown rampant.
Dorsey met privately with academics and senior journalists shortly after the 2016 US election, which former New York Times editor Bill Keller, who attended one meeting, called an “ahead-of-the-pack effort” to cope with fake news and abuse.
Critics say the company was slow to act after that, but it has accelerated its efforts in the last year.
In March, it debuted its “manipulated media” label on a video of Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 election, posted by the White House social media director.
Twitter’s content review operation is small relative to its peers, with about 1,500 people. Facebook has about 35,000 people working on “safety and security,” including 15,000 moderators, most of them contractors, although it also dwarfs Twitter in size: 2.4 billion daily users compared to Twitter’s 166 million.
Facebook, which this week distanced itself from Twitter’s actions, is also setting up an independent oversight board to rule on a small number of contentious content decisions.
From January to June last year, Twitter said the company took actions on 1,254,226 accounts for violating its content rules. Twitter does work with independent organisations on content issues, but fact-checking groups, some of them paid by Facebook, told Reuters they wanted more dialogue with Twitter about its new steps.
Baybars Orsek, the executive director of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute, said the organisation had reached out to Twitter recommending more transparency features in its fact-checking, such as the use of time-stamps.
Vinny Green, vice president of operations at fact-checking organisation Snopes, said he has pressed Twitter to establish partnerships since 2017, but had received tepid responses.
Facebook since 2016 has run a fact-checking program with dozens of external partners, including a Reuters unit.
YouTube, the video service of Alphabet Inc’s, in April started showing U.S. viewers information from fact-checkers such as FactCheck.org and PolitiFact, although it declined to share a full list of partners.

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Rana Daggubati And Miheeka Bajaj To Get Married On August 8: Report

Rana Daggubati with Miheeka Bajaj. (Image courtesy: ranadaggubati)


  • The wedding will reportedly take place in Hyderabad
  • Rana Daggubati and Miheeka got engaged on May 21
  • Rana and Miheeka made their relationship official earlier this month

New Delhi:

Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj, who got engaged on May 21, will reportedly get married in August this year. Rana’s father Suresh Babu, recently told Deccan Chronicle that the wedding will take place on August 8 in Hyderabad. “Rana’s father, Suresh Babu, said members of both the families would attend the ceremony, which would be performed as per government guidelines on the coronavirus epidemic,” stated the Deccan Chronicle report. Rana’s fiancée Miheeka has a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Chelsea University and she runs an interior decor and event business called Dew Drop Design Studio.

Sharing the pictures from their engagement ceremony earlier this month, Rana wrote: “And it’s official” and added firework emojis.

Miheeka shared photographs from the engagement ceremony on social media and wrote: “To the beginning of forever.”

The Baahubali star made his relationship with Miheeka official earlier this month. He wrote: “And she said yes.”

Earlier, Rana Daggubati’s father Suresh Babu spilled the beans on the couple’s wedding plans and told Times Of India that Rana and Miheeka will be having a December wedding. “We were thinking of having it around December but it could happen even sooner than that too. We will reveal the details once things are finalised,” he said.

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Disha Patani Left This Comment On Tiger Shroff’s Dance Video

Tiger Shroff in a still from the video. (courtesy: tigerjackieshroff)


  • Tiger shared a video on Instagram
  • He could be seen dancing to Justin Bieber’s Yummy
  • Disha left several clap emojis in the comments section

New Delhi:

Tiger Shroff recently posted a video of himself dancing to Justin Bieber’s song Yummy along with fellow dancers on his Instagram profile and can you guess who was the first one to comment on it? Well, it was Tiger’s rumoured girlfriend and Bollywood actress Disha Patani. Disha dropped a couple of claps and heart-eyed emojis in the comments section. Sharing the video on his Instagram profile, the War actor wrote: “Love this song…Beleiber.” Besides Disha, Tiger’s Instafam also flooded the comments section with heart emojis.

Check out the video here:

Here’s a screenshot of Disha’s comment:


Screenshot of Disha’s comment on Tiger’s post.

Both the actors frequently occupy a spot on the list of trends for their Instagram exchanges. Tiger’s mother Ayesha Shroff and his sister Krishna Shroff also comment on Disha’s Instagram posts frequently. Disha and Tiger shared screen space for the first time in music video Befikra. They later co-starred in the 2018 film Baaghi 2. Disha recently worked with Tiger in the Baaghi 3 song Do You Love Me.

Disha Patani’s last project was Mohit Suri’s Malang, co-starring Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kunal Kemmu. She will next be seen in Prabhu Deva’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, which will be her second project with Salman Khan. The film will also star Jackie Shroff and Randeep Hooda.

Before entering Bollywood, Disha Patani was a model. She made her Bollywood debut in 2015 with sports biopic M S Dhoni: The Untold Story. She has also featured in films such as Baaghi 2 and Kung Fu Yoga among others.

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Divyanka Tripathi, In A Throwback State Of Mind, Shares Pics From Her NCC Days

Divyanka Tripathi shared this image. courtesy: divyankatripathidahiya)


  • “This phase wasn’t about me,” wrote Divyanka
  • “Cheers to the memories we made,” she added
  • “You are ready to face the world head-on,” she wrote

New Delhi:

TV actress Divyanka Tripathi, on Sunday afternoon, recalled her experiences from her NCC (National Cadet Corps) days by posting pictures on her Instagram profile. Sharing multiple pictures from her NCC album, Divyanka also summed up her experience and wrote: “Flaunting uneven suntan and showing off muscles…Those were the norms of beauty and achievements for us NCC cadets then.” The Ye Hai Mohabbatein actress added, “Waxing and shining shoes till your face started reflecting in them, earning and adorning medals, crisp march past and cautions (word of command) so loud that the entire colony could hear you, such were the activities I took pride in.”

In her post, the 35-year-old actress talked about how she still “relishes” the tasks that were assigned to her as a cadet and added, “Sleeping on thin mats, morning PT and drill practice in scorching sun, holding together our tents in winds and rains, digging snake trenches around them, lining up to have basic food like watery sabzis, map-like rotis and evening teas and still relishing it all because you knew survival is more important.”

Later in her post, Divyanka added, “Few would call them extremely uncomfortable conditions, few parents might not even let their children experience such adversities but I feel these conditions make one a stronger person mentally and physically. Once gone through all this – you are ready to face the world head-on.” The actress signed off the post saying, “This phase wasn’t about me, it was about us as a platoon, wing or contingent. Cheers to the memories we made.”

Read Divyanka Tripathi’s post here:

Flaunting uneven suntan and showing off muscles…those were the norms of beauty and achievements for us #NCCcadets then! Waxing and shining shoes till your face reflected in them, earning and adorning medals, crisp marchpast and cautions (#WordsOfCommand) so loud that the entire colony could hear you, such were the activities I took pride in. Sleeping on thin mats, morning PT and #DrillPractice in scorching sun, holding together our tents in winds & rains, digging snake trenches around them, lining up to have basic food like watery sabzis, map-like rotis and weak evening teas and still relishing it all because we knew that survival was more important. Few would call them extremely uncomfortable conditions, few parents might not even let their children experience such adversities but I feel these conditions make one a stronger person mentally and physically. Once gone through all this- you are ready to face the world head-on! This phase wasn’t about me, it was about us as a platoon, wing or contingent. Cheers to the memories we made #MPContingent, #CarmelNCCunit, #NCCJuniorWing #NCCSeniorWing, #AnnualTrainingCamp, #CombinedAnnualTrainingCamp #PreRDC #RepublicDayCamp

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Divyanka Tripathi, best-known for starring in Ye Hai Mohabbatein, has also been a part of TV shows like Yeh Hai Chahatein (which is a spin-off of Ye Hai Mohabbatein), Banu Main Teri Dulhan , Intezaar, Teri Meri Love Stories and Mrs And Mr Sharma Allahabadwale. She married TV star Vivek Dahiya in 2016 and the couple won reality TV show Nach Baliye 8 in 2017.

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Another Day, Another Post From Kareena Kapoor’s “Kaftan Series”

Kareena Kapoor shared this image. (courtesy: kareenakapoorkhan)


  • Kareena posted a new picture on Instagram
  • “Did I still put it up? Yes,” wrote Kareena
  • Kareena was last seen in Angrezi Medium

New Delhi:

Anyone who has been following Kareena Kapoor’s Instagram profile lately, would be well-aware of the fact that the actress’ staple outfit during the lockdown has been kaftans. On Sunday afternoon, the 39-year-old actress shared a selfie on her Instagram account, in which she can be seen wearing a ( no points for guessing) kaftan. The caption on Kareena’s stunning sun-kissed selfie read, “Did you ask for another Kaftan picture? No. Did I still put it up? Yes.” The Good Newwz actress accompanied the post with the hashtags #ThankMeLater and #KaftanSeries. Kareena’s close friend and Veere Di Wedding producer Rhea Kapoor liked the picture and wrote, “texture, bro” in the comments section.

Take a look at Kareena’s post here:

A few days ago, Kareena shared a picture of herself from her Kaftan series and and she captioned it, “Summer essentials: Messy bun, Kaftan and homemade masks. #HotMess #HomemadeMasks #KaftanSeries.”

On Saturday, Kareena took a break from her Kaftan series and shared a 20 years old picture of herself along with her bestie Amrita Arora. She thanked Kaajal Anand for the photograph and wrote: “Thankyou for the most beautiful memory. BFF goals.”

ICYMI, this is the post we are referring to:

Kareena Kapoor was last seen in the 2020 film Angrezi Medium, co-starring late actor Irrfan Khan, and actress Radhika Madan. Kareena will next be seen in Karan Johar’s period drama Takht and Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, which is a remake of Tom Hanks’ 1994 film Forrest Gump.

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NASA Astronauts Head for ISS on Historic SpaceX Flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel.

SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center for a 19-hour voyage to the space station.

“Let’s light this candle,” Hurley, the mission commander, told SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California, before liftoff at 3:22pm ET (7:22pm GMT, 12:52am IST) from NASA’s storied Launch Pad 39A.

The SpaceX launch is the first of American astronauts from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 and the first crewed flight ever by a private company.


“I’m really quite overcome with emotion,” Musk said. “It’s been 18 years working towards this goal.

“This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on Mars,” the SpaceX founder said.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said it was a “great day” for NASA and SpaceX and an “important milestone for the nation.”

“We’re not celebrating yet,” Bridenstine cautioned. “We will celebrate when they’re home safely.”

In a brief interview from space, Hurley said that in keeping with the tradition of having astronauts name their spacecraft, he and Behnken had named the Crew Dragon capsule “Endeavour” after the retired space shuttle on which they both flew.

Behnken said the SpaceX capsule is a “lot different than its namesake” in that “it has touch display screens.”

The mission, dubbed “Demo-2,” ends a government monopoly on space flight and is the final test flight before NASA certifies SpaceX’s capsule for regular crewed missions.

Behnken, 49, and Hurley, 53, former military test pilots who joined NASA in 2000, are scheduled to dock with the space station at 10:29am ET (2:29pm GMT, or 7:59pm IST) on Sunday.

They will join US astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner aboard the ISS.

‘Special day’
SpaceX said Crew Dragon was on the correct trajectory to link up with the space station orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometres) above the Earth.

The reusable first booster stage of the Falcon 9 rocket separated cleanly about 2.5 minutes after liftoff and landed upright on a floating barge off the Atlantic coast. The second stage also separated smoothly.

The launch had originally been scheduled for Wednesday but was delayed because of weather conditions, which also remained uncertain on Saturday right up until liftoff.

The mission comes amid the coronavirus crisis and protests in multiple US cities over the death of a black man in Minneapolis while he was being arrested by a white police officer.

President Donald Trump flew to Florida to watch the launch and delivered remarks to NASA and SpaceX employees on what he called a “special day.”

Trump first addressed the protests, saying he understood “the pain people are feeling” but that he would not tolerate “mob violence.”

Trump praised Musk and said the launch “makes clear the commercial space industry is the future.”

He also repeated his vow to send American astronauts back to the Moon in 2024 and eventually to Mars.

Behnken and Hurley blasted off from Launch Pad 39A, the same one used by Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11’s 1969 journey to the Moon.

Defining moment for SpaceX
The pair, veterans of two space shuttle missions each, were in quarantine for more than two weeks ahead of the flight and were regularly tested for COVID-19.

They went through the same preparations Saturday that they went through on Wednesday, donning their futuristic SpaceX-designed spacesuits four hours before launch.

After saying goodbye to their wives — both former astronauts — they were driven to the launch pad in an electric car built by Tesla, one of Musk’s other companies.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk celebrates with his brother Kimbal Musk (in hat) after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft


The Crew Dragon mission is a defining moment for SpaceX, which Musk founded in 2002 with the goal of producing a lower-cost alternative to human spaceflight.

The US space agency paid more than $3 billion for SpaceX to design, build, test and operate its reusable Dragon capsule for six future space round trips.

NASA has had to pay Russia for its Soyuz rockets to take US astronauts to space ever since the shuttle program ended.

SpaceX conducted a successful test flight of Crew Dragon to the ISS in March 2019 with a sensor-laden mannequin on board named Ripley, after the character played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies.

The project has experienced delays, explosions, and parachute problems — but even so, SpaceX has beaten its giant competitor Boeing to the punch.

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The One With Deepika Padukone And Ranbir Kapoor’s First Look Test For Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Deepika Padukone photographed with Ranbir Kapoor. (courtesy: deepikapadukone)


  • The film clocked 7 years on Sunday
  • This was Deepika and Ranbir’s second film together
  • Ayan Mukerji directed the film

New Delhi:

Deepika Padukone’s caption on her latest Instagram post puts everything into perspective. On Sunday, as her film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani clocked 7 years, the actress shared pictures of herself with her co-star Ranbir Kapoor’s first look test for the Ayan Mukerji-directed film. Quoting her character Naina Talvar’s dialogue from the film, Deepika captioned her post: “Our very first look test…Yaadein mithai ke dibbe ki tarah hoti hain…Ek baar khula, toh sirf ek tukda nahi kha paoge.” In one of the pictures, Deepika and Ranbir can be seen wearing traditional outfits, while in the other, they can be seen dressed casually.

Check out Deepika Padukone’s post here:

Meanwhile, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, that backed the 2013 film, shared a video on its official Instagram handle and the caption on it read, “A film that inspired a generation to keep flying, keep running and even keep falling but never stopping! Celebrating #7YearsOfYJHD!”

The film showcased the love story of Naina Talwar (Deepika) and Bunny ( Ranbir), who met during a trek, and ended up discovering their true dreams during the process. Distanced by time, they reunite at Aditi (Kalki)’s wedding only to realise what they truly feel about each other. The film also redefined friendship goals.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, easily found a spot among the blockbuster movies of 2013. Besides Ranbir and Deepika, the film also starred Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Tanvi Azmi and late actor Farooq Sheikh.

After Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Deepika and Ranbir shared screen space in Imtiaz Ali’s 2015 film Tamasha. Deepika married her “Padmaavat” co-star Ranveer Singh in 2018, while Ranbir Kapoor is dating Brahmastra co-star Alia Bhatt.

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Here’s How Reel Life Sita Dipika Chikhlia Met Her Husband Hemant Topiwala

Dipika Chikhlia with her husband Hemant Topiwala. (courtesy: dipikachikhliatopiwala )


  • Dipika Chikhlia met her husband on the sets of a commercial shoot
  • She was modelling for her husband’s cosmetic brand
  • “To be continued,” wrote Dipika Chikhlia

New Delhi:

Dipika Chikhlia, known to fans of Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan as Sita, has been keeping her fans occupied by sharing details of how she met her husband Hemant Topiwala IRL. Earlier, the veteran actress revealed that she met her husband on the sets of his cosmetic brand’s TV commercial that she was shooting for. On Sunday, Ms Chikhlia posted the commercial of the brand on her Instagram profile and she wrote: “This was the ad shot for his brand. Product was kaajal. So what happened on sets… To be continued.”

While we await the details of Dipika Chikhlia and Hemant Topiwala’s love story, check out the video:

Earlier, Dipika Chikhlia shared an extensive post on how she met her husband and wrote: “All of you know how Sita met Ram. So, I thought to let you in on a secret as to how I met my real life Ram. My husband’s family has been manufacturing and selling traditional Indian cosmetics under the name of Shingar since 1961. My very first movie that I did was Sun Meri Laila and in the film there was a scene where I model for an ad film and that ad film was for Shingar kaajal. When we were shooting for the ad scene, Hemant came on the set to watch the shoot. That’s when we first met….After that we both got busy with our lives but we both were on each other’s mind till we finally met again.”

Take a look at her post here:

Sharing a picture from her wedding album earlier this week, Dipika Chikhlia wrote: “Just wondering do you ever want to know how I met my husband.”

Earlier this year, Dipika Chikhlia, 55, appeared on the talk The Kapil Sharma Show, where she revealed that she became so identified as Sita even off screen that people rarely greeted her with “hi or hello”, instead, they always bowed down before her with folded hands.

Dipika Chikhlia was last seen in the 2019 film Bala, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Bhumi Pednekar. She is also set to portray political leader and poet Sarojini Naidu in a biopic. Titled Sarojini, the film will be directed by Akash Nayak and Dhiraj Mishra, and produced by Kanu Bhai Patel.

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