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Disinfodemic: How is India Fighting Fake News Amid COVID-19?

In conversation with Karen Rebelo of BOOM Live, Surabhi Malik of Internews and Shalini Joshi of Meedan.

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The past 16 months have been relentless for journalists and fact-checkers in India. From the Pulwama attack in February 2019 to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, misinformation has taken the public discourse by storm.

Some of the key events, which witnessed an unprecedented spike in mis/disinformation between these events were – General elections 2019, abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, student protests across India, Ayodhya temple verdict, anti-CAA protests, Delhi violence etc.

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This constant stream of misinformation on various social media platforms – like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – has also put the focus on these tech giants to combat fake news and to ensure verified information reaches its users.

We discussed some of the work that fact-checkers in India are doing with Karen Rebelo, deputy editor of BOOM Live, Surabhi Malik, program director, India at Internews and Shalini Joshi, program director at Meedan.

We also tried to understand the challenges faced by them, how misinformation spreads, how to counter it and how fake news can impact ones mental health.

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