You’ve heard enough about fake news, but On Spec is going to take you to corners of the world mired in disinformation whose stories you probably haven’t heard.
What kind of damage is fake news causing in the everyday lives of ordinary people? And how can we stop that damage?
On Spec went to find out in: Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, the US, Hong Kong and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The deliberate falsification of information takes different shapes in different countries, and hurts low-income and marginalized communities in dramatic ways. As governments around the world become more authoritarian, fake news becomes a tool to control and rule — whether by influencing voters ahead of elections, or by pitting them against each other. But it’s not just governments spreading lies. People from all backgrounds contribute, sometimes unwillingly, to disinformation campaigns. We bring two sides of the disinformation debate face to face — people who might have never talked to each other — to hash out their different takes, explain where they get their information, and why they believe what they do.
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