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When fake news sparks violence: India grapples with online rumours


Indian protesters demanding the arrest and punishment of people involved in the killing of two men in Karbi Anglong district, during a protest in Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam. Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were beaten to death by a mob in Karbi Anglong district that suspected the youths to be child abductors on June 8. — AFP

Indian protesters demanding the arrest and punishment of people involved in the killing of two men in Karbi Anglong district, during a protest in Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam. Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were beaten to death by a mob in Karbi Anglong district that suspected the youths to be child abductors on June 8. — AFP

NEW DELHI: India has been shaken by a spate of mob killings sparked by a hoax about child kidnappers spread on WhatsApp. 

In just two months, 20 people have been murdered in such attacks. Officials and social media platforms have so far been powerless to stop the violence. 

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