The founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia has announced plans for a crowd-funded news website offering stories by journalists and volunteers working together, an initiative he hopes will counter the spread of fake news.

Newspapers and companies around the world have been playing pranks with their followers on social media by posting fake news to celebrate April fool’s Day.

Persona of news sites

March 28, 2017 00:35 am

We are always looking for new internet haunts but during our search we often find online tags that are fragmented, jumbled and confusing

Singer Beyonce Knowles didn't tell her father Mathew Knowles that she is pregnant with twins.

Prativa Pandey Malla, 31, is a research scientist who has a PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. She is the founder and CEO of Catalyst Technology, a company that works for research and development in the field of science and technology. She does research consulting, and is now trying to research the scope of medicinal plants in Nepal. In conversation with Republica’s Prasansha Rimal she talks about her journey as research scientist.

Facebook Inc launched its "Journalism Project" on Wednesday, as the world's biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations.

As 2016 draws to a close with news dominated by bloodshed, disasters and disease from the Middle East to Africa and Latin America, it may seem there wasn’t much to be happy about this year.

On December 15, Facebook announced that it’s rolling out new features designed to tackle the spread of fake news.

TV personality Jimmy Kimmel’s parents came to know about the news of him hosting the 2017 Oscars ceremony when they read the news online because the popular talk show host forgot to tell them.

Hoax news and clouded reality

December 8, 2016 02:20 am

It is safe to say that we live in the age of social networking as various platforms have enabled us to live in a global village, connecting everyone through the Internet.

LIMA, Peru, Nov 20: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged world leaders meeting in Peru on Saturday to help get more people online to improve global living standards while separately announcing new measures to cut down on fake news stories on the social network that some suggest could have helped sway the U.S. presidential election.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 15: Alphabet Inc's Google said on Monday it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, a move aimed at halting the spread of "fake news" and other types of misinformation on the internet.

Celebrity news reports over the past four decades may have contributed to the changing makeup of the traditional family and helped destigmatise out-of-wedlock childbirths in the US, a new study has found. “Celebrities typically did not apologize for getting pregnant outside of marriage,” said Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, an assistant professor from University at Buffalo.

Good news

October 24, 2016 00:00 am

The PDA for the development of the Upper Trishuli-1 project could be a milestone in more ways than one.

Apps for the news junkie

September 15, 2016 08:54 am

A news aggregator app simply uses the web feeds from other online publishers (websites, blogs, social networking sites and vlogs) and redistributes them in the app for users to read.

WASHINGTON, Sept 1, Melania Trump, the wife of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on Thursday sued two media outlets that alleged she was an escort in the 1990s.

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: The Press Council Nepal (PCN) has sought clarification from eight online news portals for publishing gruesome photographs related to the victims of the Trishuli bus accident on August 26.

BEIJING, Aug 19:  The Chinese government is holding chief editors of news websites personally liable for content after several portals this year posted material that was seen as embarrassing to President Xi Jinping.

The local news

July 12, 2016 00:35 am

It is time we moved past the tantalizing, anecdotal examples of the power of local news and focus more on the real agenda of the community itself

China’s internet regulator will launch a crackdown on the reporting of news gathered from social media, as part of what the government calls a campaign against fake news and the spreading of rumors.