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Epicentre Plus: How WhatsApp Rumours Turned Deadly in South India

May 28, 2018 11:46 PM IST India India

You will hear the stupidest things on WhatsApp such as Vitamin A can cure cancer, Combiflam can kill you or the most recent about a child lifters’ gang lurking in southern India. In the last 4 years WhatsApp has become the number 1 platform to disseminate what is now popularly known as fake news. But when WhatsApp turns into a polarization tool or a platform that spreads vicious rumours, it turns dangerous. In the last 13 days, 4 states in south India have been on the tenterhooks because of a WhatsApp forward warning of a north Indian gang on the look out to steal children and sell their organs. Mobs have lynched 5 people and injured 20 others because of mere suspicion, despite police crying hoarse that the message is a hoax. Take a loo

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