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The German Battle with Fake News

Most fears and concerns did not come true: The German federal elections in September 2017 were largely free of the atmosphere of hacks, fake news and disinformation that marred the U.S. elections one year before. Instead, they passed off orderly and somewhat boring, as is the normal case for Germany. Stricter regulations of social media or their announced tightening might have played a certain role. Though, more decisive can be considered the fact that the trust in social media is significantly smaller in Germany than in the U.S.

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