Unsubstantiated reports, or 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 2016 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 regarding fake news is collated below.
A Turkish think tank financed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle is a megaphone supporting government policies, DW has found. One of its controversial studies spends 30 pages denouncing DW journalists.
The EU says its efforts to prevent disinformation campaigns from disrupting the European Parliament elections were largely successful, despite what it says were attempts by Russia and the far right to distort debate. But others working to reduce the impact of false information say the only real remedy is to give people their own tools to dismiss it...and to start early. Teri Schultz reports.