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Why Germany is better at resisting fake news

Among other measures, it is curbing news consumption from alternative sources

Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg 

Modern-day elections are increasingly defined by two sides — those who trust traditional media and those who rely on the social networks to provide an alternative, which is far more likely to deliver fake news. While in the US, the nature of the conflict is clouded by the social media’s prevalence, Germany is an example of a society where the battle lines are clearly drawn. Multiple studies in the US have shown that Democrats trust traditional media more than Republicans do, which makes sense. But so much of media consumption goes through the social networks that ...

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First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 22:38 IST