Viral #WhatsApp Messages Are Triggering Mob Killings In #India : NPR

The messages have driven parents like Sabah to keep their children indoors. Teachers report reduced attendance at schools. The texts have even driven some Indians to murder.In recent months, about two dozen people across India have been lynched — beaten to death — by mobs driven to violence by what they’ve read on social media.Fake news is blamed for misleading voters and possibly influencing elections in the West. But in India, it’s killing people.One night earlier this month, around 11 p.m., Sabah heard a commotion outside her home. She lives in a midsized town, Malegaon, in northern Maharashtra state — an area famous for its textile looms, about 170 miles northeast and inland from India’s largest city, Mumbai.

Source: Viral WhatsApp Messages Are Triggering Mob Killings In India : NPR

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