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Germany’s anti-fake news lab yields mixed results

Published on
10 Jul 2017
Written by
Robert Gorwa

The project’s research was mentioned in a POLITICO story on Germany’s ‘fake-news’ regulation.

A new report by the University of Oxford investigated what German fact-checkers may be up against, finding that “the majority of the misinformation pages identified were politically right, and xenophobic, nationalist, pro-Pegida, pro-AfD and Islamophobic content was common.”

While in the U.S. the debate has frequently been hijacked by automated “bots,” computer scripts that spread propaganda across a series of automated user accounts across the social web, Germany deals more with vocal supporters of fringe movements who spread fake stories.

Read the full article here.

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