Nov 15 2018

Turks besieged by fake news - BBC

Fact and fiction are increasingly hard to distinguish in Turkey, where fake news is rampant and information is weaponised to further divide a deeply polarised society, the BBC reported on Thursday. 

A headscarved woman whose baby was kicked while anti-government demonstrators urinated on her. Political activist Noam Chomsky championing President Erdoğan in a newspaper interview. Bloated Muslim corpses pictured floating in a river in Myanmar. A video showing Turkish jets blowing up Kurdish fighters in Syria.

All were widely-shared stories in Turkey, and all completely false, according to the BBC report. 

It is no surprise that Turkey ranked first in a list of countries in which people complain about made-up stories, according to this year's Reuters Digital News Report, the British news outlet reported. 

Almost half of those surveyed (49 percent) say they faced "fake news" in the week before the survey was taken. In Germany, the number was just 9 percent.

Every day brings new outlandish and unverified claims, like the senior adviser to Erdoğan who claimed the president's enemies were trying to kill him with telekinesis and that foreign TV chefs were spies.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46137139