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Trends in India’s Misinformation Landscape

Have you seen a wave of fake news reaching you through WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks with the rise in number of cases of COVID-19? Does it follow a pattern? What are the kinds of misinformation or disinformation that we are seeing and who is it targeting?

BOOM has recently started a series of ‘limited access’ series for those who want to understand the how and the why of misinformation, disinformation (‘fake news’) and propaganda. Joyojeet Pal, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India, who has tracked the misinformation landscape in India was our first guest speaker who took us through recent trends in this fast-evolving phenomena.