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Fake-news report card 2019: Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter ace litmus test. Government flunks.

Fighting misinformation is a daunting task and it is not possible to eradicate it completely. With perpetrators becoming more sophisticated, the cost of fake news is shooting up. Social-media companies have taken a number of measures to combat fake news this year. It’s high time the government did its bit and stopped making them the scapegoats.

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Fake-news report card 2019: Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter ace litmus test. Government flunks.

Fighting misinformation is a daunting task and it is not possible to eradicate it completely. With perpetrators becoming more sophisticated, the cost of fake news is shooting up. Social-media companies have taken a number of measures to combat fake news this year. It’s high time the government did its bit and stopped making them the scapegoats.

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When money speaks, truth keeps silent. USD140 million: the economic cost of India’s fake news menace

In the 2019 general elections, a huge sum was spent on fake news and disinformation campaigns in India. In an era where aggressive social media campaigns have succeeded in swinging electoral fortunes, the country runs the risk of being vulnerable to disinformation campaigns, as the volume of fake news continues to grow and the ‘bad actors’ get smarter by the day.

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