India tells WhatsApp to stop the deadly rumor mill, somehow

Mathew Ingram, Columbia Journalism Review, Jul 05, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

India is dealing with "beatings and killings that appear to be related to conspiracy theories circulating on WhatsApp."  It's easy to blame the technology, but as argued here, "The fact that such misinformation not only fuels citizens’ paranoia, but also causes them to take matters into their own hands in droves, is indicative of a lack of faith in the machinery meant to maintain law and order." Meanwhile, WhatsApp has responded by saying that it believes misinformation is a challenge “that requires government, civil society and technology companies to work together”.

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