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Fake News Is Poisoning Brazilian Politics. WhatsApp Can Stop It.

November 16, 2018

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is one of the main tools that Brazilians use to keep in touch with friends and family, and do business. Increasingly, it is also a part of politics. A recent poll found that 44 percent of voters in Brazil use WhatsApp to read political and electoral information. Unfortunately, in the …
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The long and 'distinguished' history of fake news

The long and ‘distinguished’ history of fake news

November 16, 2018

The BBC is launching a new initiative – Beyond Fake News – with the aim of finding ways to address the increasingly pressing issue of misinformation. The issue has been at the centre of political campaigns and fractious debates around the world. But is fake news really such a new phenomenon? Newsday’s Alan Kasujja is …
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Nigerian

Nigerian police say false information on Facebook is killing people

November 16, 2018

Nigerian police say false information and incendiary images on Facebook have contributed to more than a dozen recent killings in Plateau State – an area already torn by ethnic violence. When BBC Africa Eye got in touch with Facebook, the company disabled the account of a man in the UK who was spreading misinformation to …
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