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Death by ‘fake news’

The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their lives. Moments later they were dead, two more victims of lynchings sparked by rumours spread on Facebook and WhatsApp in India. The two men were young and…

WhatsApp asked to curb spread of false messages

MUMBAI: India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months.…

When a WhatsApp text can trigger a lynching

MUMBAI: A WhatsApp text circulating in some districts of India’s central Madhya Pradesh state helped to inflame a mob of 50-60 villagers into savagely beating up two innocent men last week on suspicion that they were going to murder people…

Trump intensifies assault on the press

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the press Tuesday, with individual journalists and media owners entering the firing line. After a year-long assault on so-called "fake news," Trump sharpened his attacks to…