Fake Nancy Pelosi video hijacked attention - just as intended

Both social and mainstream media lack easy answers in new information war

Last week, a series of manipulated videos to make it appear as if US Speaker of the House, Ms Nancy Pelosi, was drunk or incapacitated was published across Facebook and other social networks, including YouTube and Twitter.

The swift spread of agitation propaganda and the creep of hyperpartisanship across social media are not a bug, they are a feature.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2019, with the headline 'Fake Nancy Pelosi video hijacked attention - just as intended'. Print Edition | Subscribe