Indian protesters demanding the arrest and punishment of people involved in the killing of two men in Karbi Anglong district. Photo: AFP

Death by fake news: Indian authorities blame ‘irresponsible and explosive messages’ on WhatsApp for lynchings

Violence based on misjudgment or malicious information are not a new phenomenon in India but the spread of smartphones and internet access in the country’s poorest and most isolated areas has exacerbated the problem

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Indian protesters demanding the arrest and punishment of people involved in the killing of two men in Karbi Anglong district. Photo: AFP
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