Online battle to counter fake news in India

Commuters watch videos on their mobile phones as they travel in a suburban train in Mumbai, India, on April 2, 2016.
Commuters watch videos on their mobile phones as they travel in a suburban train in Mumbai, India, on April 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Websites spring up to alert public on false news that could stir communal violence

In the town of Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh, a rally by members of the Muslim community to mark India's Republic Day on Jan 26 was disrupted by a gang of Hindu nationalists on motorcycles.

One person was killed in clashes that day and as the unrest continued, news of a second death started circulating, further fanning communal tension.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'Online battle to counter fake news in India'. Print Edition | Subscribe