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Viral and violent: The year of fake news mob attacks and lynchings

There is also a new telecom policy on the cards that aims to regulate how data is transmitted

Not in my name protest, mob lynching
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Citizens hold placards during a silent protest. (Photo:PTI)

Uttaran Dasgupta
Hate crime in the form of lynching — related to cow protection or fake texts spreading rumours about child abduction — continued unabated this year, forcing the government and private parties to respond with strong measures.

 The government has been asking WhatsApp, Facebook and other messenger services to store their data in India; there is also a new telecom policy on the cards that aims to regulate how data is transmitted. 

WhatsApp has also limited the number of forwards of a text to five at one time, to check false messages from going viral, and has also started an advertising campaign to

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First Published: Dec 28 2018 | 12:44 AM IST

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