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.
The fight against fake news and a new global role as a European broadcaster post-Brexit were the talking points as DW marked its anniversary. On hand were Bundestag deputies from all parties and the German chancellor.
European Union governments have shown remarkable solidarity in taking action against Moscow for its believed responsibility for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK. But beyond that EU players are fighting amongst themselves on how to best fight what they say is Russian propaganda — or even whether they need to. Teri Shultz reports.
Cambridge Analytica, a British data analysis firm that is under fire for mining data from millions of Facebook users, also ran Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election campaign in 2017, Britain's Channel 4 reports.
Far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache is facing multiple lawsuits over a Facebook post saying Austria's public broadcaster spreads "propaganda." His "reform" calls have raised concerns about the news outlet's future.