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NBC | 11.02.18

How WhatsApp became linked to mob violence and fake news — and why it’s hard to stop

Joan Donovan

WhatsApp has become a pervasive space for fake news, but why? Media Manipulation Research Lead Joan Donovan explains.

“‘Political messaging operations use these services to spread disinformation about opponents and groups, which has led to violence,’ Joan Donovan, media manipulation research lead at Data & Society, an independent nonprofit that covers the social and cultural impact of technology, said in an email. ‘Because the messages tend to come from trusted sources … it presents a new challenge for stopping the influence of disinformation on the public.’”

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