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More firepower needed in fight against fake news

Misleading posts on migrant caravan widely shared before social media outlets' crackdown

One photo showed a policeman with blood on his face and nose. Soon, two more surfaced showing injured policemen.
 

"Mexican police are being brutalised by members of this caravan as they attempt to FORCE their way into Mexico," said the caption of one of several Facebook reposts of the photos.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline 'More firepower needed in fight against fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe