Ecuador: "Fake News" Caused Water Panic Amid Civil Conflict Situation

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Eleven days of pure tension – with no break. Thousands and thousands of people on the streets protesting against the government. Molotov cocktails flying around and policemen using tear gas to break up the crowds. Hundreds of false videos and manipulated photos circulating on Facebook and Twitter and dozens of misleading WhatsApp chains populating family and friends’ discussions. The scariest message, however, was the one that falsely claimed that people would run out of water soon. Panic spread. This was Ecuador just a few days ago.

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