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Fight fake news now!

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It is becoming more and more evident that the same thing that makes chat apps an essential part of everyone’s smartphone, is also creating a viral pathway for toxic fake news. And the abuse of these platforms is driving increasingly dangerous outcomes. In recent months, the wave of violent vigilante attacks here in India has been widely reported. These attacks were often fuelled by fake rumours around child abduction, spread with alarming speed on chat apps. Even around the tragic Kerala floods, we saw an upsurge in fake news which sought to undermine the brave efforts of rescuers and humanitarians. The threat of disinformation is so stark that for the first time BBC News has even brought together all its analysis and articles about the fake news phenomenon in one place on BBC.com.

Everyone can talk about the problem of fake news, but what are the solutions? The first, as I see it, is media literacy. If news consumers were to become educated in how to spot the signs of fakery, in how to cross-reference........

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