The Wire retracts its stories on Meta

The news website The Wire declared on Sunday, October 23, that it was retracting its contentious reports over Meta’s content moderation guidelines. The sensational claim that the social media behemoth had granted special privileges to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJPS) IT cell head Amit Malviya, under its secretive XCheck programme, to have posts taken down as per his wish, was just the first in a series of reports that The Wire had earlier on October 18 announced its decision to conduct an internal review of its coverage of Meta.

The Wire said, “We are still reviewing the entire matter, including the possibility that it was deliberately sought to misinform or deceive The Wire. Lapses in editorial oversight are also being reviewed, as are editorial roles, so that failsafe protocols are put in place ensuring the accuracy of all source-based reporting.”

The Wire has also taken down its January 2022 articles about Tek Fog, an app that BJP employees are said to have used to control social media.

The Wire announced that it will also evaluate earlier reporting done by the technical team involved in its Meta coverage due to anomalies discovered during its examination of the Meta articles, including the Tek Fog pieces co-written by Devesh Kumar, who had previously worked on the Meta stories.

Source: The News Minute

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