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PM visits Gujarat, post grand electoral triumph        CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday        Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons        Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98        Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit        Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO        Fifth-seeded Kerber stunned in French Open opening round        No need to press panic button yet, says Tendulkar after India''s loss to NZ in warm-up game        World Cup Munich: Chandela clinches gold in 10m air rifle        Twenty-four killed in Afghanistan floods        New Zealand beat India by six wickets in warm-up match        President appoints Modi as Prime Minister        Modi asks NDA MPs to work without discrimination, reach out to minorities        Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation        Cong-JDS cabinet reposes faith in Kumaramaswamy after dismal show in LS polls        Surat: 19 students die as fire engulfs commercial complex        Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7        Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8        Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at Roland Garros        India, New Zealand seek tune-up in warm-up clash        
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Business News
Facebook to block foreign ads for Australia election
 
Sydney, Apr 5 (AFP) Facebook will block election advertising from outside Australia ahead of polls next month, in the wake of growing criticism of the social media giant's role in the spread of disinformation.

The restrictions -- already rolled out for polls in other countries such as Thailand and Indonesia -- will come into force when the government announces the election date in the coming days.

"We're temporarily not allowing electoral ads purchased from outside Australia ahead of the election in May," Facebook's Australia and New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick said in a statement.

"The restriction... will apply to ads we determine to be coming from foreign entities that are of an electoral nature, meaning they contain references to politicians, parties or election suppression.

"We also won't allow foreign ads that include political slogans and party logos."

Facebook said it has introduced restrictions on foreign electoral ads in countries including Nigeria, Ukraine, Thailand, Indonesia, and Ireland around its May 2018 referendum on abortion.

For the European Parliamentary elections, it requires advertisers to be authorised in their country to run ads related to the vote.

The world's biggest social network first began looking into its influence on elections after revelations of Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 US election.

Critics have accused the US firm of being too slow to act.

AFP has a global fact-checking network that is dedicated to verifying and debunking disinformation spread online.

Some of this content is flagged on Facebook, as part of a contract between AFP and the social media company. AFP's collaboration with Facebook has just been extended to Australia.


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KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
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Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98
 Bangkok: Thailand''s former prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda died at the age of 98 on Sunday, accord
Trump downplays North Korea launches on Japan visit
Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together: FO
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NATIONAL NEWS
CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief, asks him to appear before it on Monday
 New Delhi: The CBI has summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, asking him to appea
Irani''s aide shot dead in Amethi; FIR lodged against 5 persons
President appoints Modi as Prime Minister
Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation
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