Fake News: An Accomplice to Alt-Democracy, by Sankar Chatterjee

Nazrul Habib was visiting his doctor. In the waiting room, he picked up a copy of a local newsmagazine. An article described about a local teacher’s effort to educate middle-schoolers how to distinguish between the “Real” and “Fake” news. In recent Presidential election, the winning candidate’s supporters deliberately spread false messages to defeat the opponent. The article stated, “The leading fake news earned 960,000 engagements on Facebook, while the leading real story garnered only 850,000 during the same period.” Habib, a member of a minority religious group demonized by the newly-elected President, wondered “Didn’t this happen before in Nazi Germany?”

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