Unsubstantiated reports, often deemed fake news, have proliferated on social media platforms. They purport to offer scoops not covered, or allegedly covered up, by traditional media outlets.
Since the US presidential elections, media attention has shifted to the growing phenomenon of fake news, given its role in propelling Donald Trump to victory. From Hillary Clinton funding the "Islamic State" to "pizzagate," fake news has serious implications for the future of democratic societies. DW's coverage of fake news is collated below.
Authorities have confirmed the arrest of prominent human rights attorney Ibrahim Metwally for spreading fake news. Metwally was helping the family of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student who was abducted and killed in 2016.
Aung San Suu Kyi has again refused to mention the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. More than 125,000 Rohingya have fled their villages amid reports of military attacks and mass killings.
German intelligence agencies are convinced that Russia will attempt to influence the country's federal election which takes place at the end of next month. Political parties have been warned to be vigilant in case of hacking attempts, and officials have stepped up the monitoring of 'fake news' on social media. Nik Martin has more on the struggle to keep the Kremlin out of German politics.