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India: Fake News and Agitprop

India: Fake News and Agitprop
Thursday 18
10:30 2019

As around 900 million Indian voters decide who should be their next leader, an increasingly troubling question is looming over the country's general elections: How vulnerable is it to the kind of social media manipulation that has recently been seen in Europe and the United States? Amid growing anxiety about the effect of fake news and malicious disinformation on the world's largest democracy, we asked filmmakers Thomas Ellis and Mandakini Gahlot to investigate. FILMMAKER'S VIEW By Mandakini Gahlot Just as we were putting this film through post-production, a controversy broke out in India that demonstrated exactly how urgent the problem ...

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Aljazeera : India: Fake News and Agitprop

Summary: We investigate the threat posed to democracy in India by those who use fake news to advance extreme nationalism.

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