Atiq Ahmad, Karnataka Polls And Deepfakes Dominate Fake News In April

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By Debraj Sarkar The month of April saw misleading information surrounding gangster-politician Atiq Ahmad’s assassination and the upcoming Karnataka assembly election emerge as prominent topics of false information, accounting for 5% and 7% of the total false claims that BOOM investigated last month, respectively. Islamophobia was still the most prominent topic, with 10% of claims promoting demographic anxiety among readers. It is important to note however that the intensity of communal posts targeting Muslims has lessened in prominence compared to February (16% Islamophobia in Feb, 11% last m…

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