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.
Online censorship and fewer digital privacy protections are "withering" democracy, warned a Freedom House report. China not only ranked the worst in internet freedom, but it is also exporting its model around the world.
More than 39 million Kenyans have a smartphone, and social media are an important source for their daily news. But it's also a place where lots of hate speech, fake news and propaganda is spread, which often ignites controversies and ethnic conflicts. A new cyber crime law now also criminalizes spreading of digital hate speech. Critics fear it could also silence critical voices.