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UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday.

Misinformation and COVID-19

As the world fights the deadly COVID-19 pandemic – the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War – we are also seeing another epidemic -- a dangerous epidem

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News in Brief 27 February 2020

  • COVID-19: UN rights chief warns against stigmatization
  • Social media hate speech is poisoning minds
  • Northwest Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Progress and pitfalls in child rights, millions of Afghans acutely food insecure, Middle East nuclear-free zone, social media and child detention

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Uneven child rights progress; over 10 million  Afghans severely food insecure; Middle East nuclear weapons conference gets underway; Social media posts increasing child detention cases; UN and partners commit to universal health. 

News in Brief 11 October 2019

  • Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
  • Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes
  • 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
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News in Brief 4 September 2019

  • 3.7 million lives could be saved by 2025, through better nutrition--WHO
  • A third of young people report being a victim of online bullying--UN poll
  • ‘Climate of fear everywhere’ in Burundi-- UN rights experts 
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News in Brief 28 August 2019

  • Funding shortfall in Iraq
  • Social media’s Pinterest steps up to combat vaccination misinformation 
  • A positive step for indigenous women
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From his room with a view, UN chief takes to Instagram with an eye on hope and a brighter future

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has long highlighted the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the world. And on 4 May, he took a page from their book and opened an Instagram account, reinforcing his role as the UN’s “lead influencer”.

‘Fake news’ challenges audiences to tell fact from fiction

The emergence of so-called “fake news” has created “competing versions of information and the truth,” a situation which is challenging for audiences across the world; that’s according to a senior journalist who is joining a panel of

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'Conflicting trends' see journalists under fire as global struggle for media freedom continues

Just because more laws are being passed protecting media freedom across the world, it doesn’t mean that governments will respect them, or allow citizens to use them.

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