Crackdown on fake news

Cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed outside the US Capitol in Washington in April. Many countries have taken steps to stanch the flow of fake news on social media, with India warning Facebook that it will be treated as a legal ab
Cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed outside the US Capitol in Washington in April. Many countries have taken steps to stanch the flow of fake news on social media, with India warning Facebook that it will be treated as a legal abettor to violence if it does not develop tools to combat false information after a spate of mob lynchings provoked by fake news.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

As the menace of fake news grows, a number of countries have taken steps to stanch the flow. Here's a look at some of them:

India has warned Facebook that it will be treated as a legal abettor to violence if it does not develop tools to combat false information after a spate of mob lynchings provoked by fake news. WhatsApp has responded by imposing limits on the forwarding of messages, and has also placed radio and print advertisements on the risk of fake news.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 25, 2018, with the headline 'Crackdown on fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe