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.
Egyptian actor Amr Waked told DW he was convicted of spreading "fake news" and "insulting" the state. Despite the threats, Waked said he'll continue to be critical of the government: "I can't stay silent about this."