India’s Wire retracts reports on Meta citing discrepancies • TechCrunch
The Indian outlet said on Sunday that Wire had retracted its reporting on the Meta after discovering “certain inconsistencies” in its news articles, in a sign of what should be the end of the high-profile drama with the social juggernaut that has captured the attention of newsrooms and tech companies globally. for two weeks.
The move follows Wire, a small but daring Indian news agency, setting up an internal review process to assess its reporting earlier this week after it denied Meta, the subject of the original story, and the independent sources it heavily relied on newsroom reports.
“Our investigation, which is still ongoing, does not yet allow us to take a conclusive view of the credibility and good faith of sources with whom a member of our reporting team says he has been in contact for an extended period of time,” Wire said in a statement.
Wire reported earlier this month that Meta had given the ruling BJP’s largest digital client unrestricted ability to remove content from Instagram and conducted a series of follow-ups, confirming that Meta was not being honest in its public denial of the report. In one story, Weir cited what he claimed was an internal email from Meta comms Andy Stone. In another report, he cited testimonies from independent security researchers who confirmed the authenticity of the email Stone sent to Wire. (Meta researchers and security researchers dispute these reports.)
On Sunday, the Indian news organization said that “some inconsistencies have emerged in the materials used”.
“This includes the inability of our investigators to authenticate both the purported email sent from email@example.com as well as the email allegedly received from Ujwal Kumar (an expert cited in the report as corroborating one of the findings, but who, in fact, categorically denied sending such an email.) As a result, The Wire believes it is appropriate to pull the stories.”
Pamela Philippos, Ombudsman for The Wire, I reported a serious slip in Wire reports on Saturday. I wrote:
However, The Wire story failed some basic tests, the most telling of which are the sources cited. Many of these sources either did not adhere to what The Wire reported, were misunderstood, misquoted, or may have had other ideas. When they announced they were distancing themselves from the investigation, he began to lean disconcertingly like a chair deprived of his legs.
Criticisms, if they want to work, must carry conviction. Despite The Wire’s efforts to replicate and replicate the reliability of its narrative, and to cite evidence that stands up to peer scrutiny, things seemed to unravel at a pace that outpaced any effort to correct public perception. Doubts about Andy Stone’s email authenticity are a case in point, as well as her lack of close scrutiny of what XCheck’s powers really are.
Finally, there were serious firefighting missteps that The Wire made when dissenting evidence accumulated.
Wire says it is working with independent security experts on its ongoing investigation. In the meantime, she appears to have taken some action against Devesh Kumar, one of her reporters who worked on the story and was key to confirming the sources and materials they provided.