How to spot ‘fake news’ on Twitter: How to check for fake news


The New York Times reported that Twitter had started removing certain hashtags, including #nayapanadkar and #niyamatnya, as part of a broader effort to prevent “fake news.”

The Times wrote that the decision was prompted by complaints that fake news had become a prominent part of social media, especially on Twitter, a platform that has more than 10 billion users worldwide.

It said Twitter also had begun to block accounts that use the #nawapanadakar hashtag, which is an abbreviation for the name of an ancient Hindu god, in the past month.

“We believe that the removal of hashtags like #noyamatniya and #namatnyas will help Twitter identify accounts that are promoting fake news or misleading stories, and will help them take more effective action against them,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Times.

“It is important to note that we do not have any data to show that the use of #nayanatnyae has increased over the past few months, but we do know that the number of fake accounts has grown.”

The spokesperson did not say whether the move was related to the Times story, which cited a person familiar with the matter.