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False News and Disinformation

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Social protest and crisis of traditional media in Chile leads to creation of alternative media and fact-checking outlets

The social protests in Chile reminded the country's media of the importance of working on the ground, of deploying press teams with sufficient capabilities to work in such a "volatile and dynamic context," said journalist Paula Molina.

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Brazilian tool monitors disinformation on networks and WhatsApp, a black box for fake news

Radar is an automated system that tracks websites and social networks in Brazil in real-time in search of potentially misleading content.

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Documentary investigates disinformation in 2018 Brazilian presidential election

The Brazilian documentary “A Verdade da Mentira” (The Truth of the Lie) follows the work of several professionals who worked to combat disinformation during the 2018 presidential election to understand how this kind of content spreads.

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New e-book of Peruvian site Ojo Público documents and explains origin of disinformation globally during a pandemic

The e-book 'Infodemia' explains in a form of a dictionary, and with a lot of rigorous black comedy, the false and misleading news spread across Latin America and the rest of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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UNESCO published two reports in Spanish to understand and tackle disinformation about COVID-19

UNESCO published two policy reports in Spanish to understand and respond to the 'infodemic': the disinformation pandemic about COVID-19 that has circulated at a speed impossible to control. 

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Congress overturns Bolsonaro veto and keeps jail time for creation and spread of false news during electoral campaigns

In a joint session of Congress on the night of Aug. 28, deputies and senators overturned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's veto of an article of law criminalizing the spread of false news in the context of elections.

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On the eve of presidential elections in Bolivia, two fact-checking initiatives put a magnifying glass on political discourse

A message allegedly written by Bolivian President Evo Morales on his Twitter account congratulating drug traffickers Joaqín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and Pablo Escobar on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on June 6 went viral in the country.

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Uruguay joins the fight against misinformation and launches data verification platform ahead of presidential elections

After a little more than eight months of preparation and arriving at agreements between organizations that support the new data verification initiative in the region, Uruguay has joined the fight against misinformation with the launch of fact-checking site Verificado.uy on July 22.

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Bolsonaro is criticized for using false information to attack a reporter investigating son's alleged corruption

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being criticized after he posted false information about a journalist from newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo to his Twitter account.