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Opinion

India internet clampdown will not stop misinformation

New rules threatens privacy and freedom of expression

| India

As nearly 900 million Indians engage in voting over seven weeks to select the country's next government, social media companies are under pressure to try to control fake news and misinformation.

But measures taken by the authorities and internet companies have proved woefully ineffective. Fake news, misinformation, propaganda, and hate speech, some of it posted by the political parties and their supporters, is being indiscriminately shared on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. A recent survey showed that one in two respondents received fake news in the run-up to the elections, mostly through Facebook and WhatsApp.

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