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When misinformation reigns: the true scale of the fake news threat

From Prospect’s new cyber supplement—online falsehoods have an even more corrosive effect on democracy than you might think

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So much has been said about the phenomenon of falsehoods peddled online that it’s tempting to conclude that we all understand the problem. And so many intelligence agencies and parliamentary inquiries worldwide have examined the dangers of foreign interference in domestic electoral processes that it’s logical to assume that we either have in place all the defences required, or at least understand what needs to be done. Yet almost every week brings new revelations about just how big the challenge is, and how ill-equipped democracies…

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