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Protests in New York City

After more than two months headlines around the world focused on a single topic — COVID-19 — collective attention has turned to another story: the death of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in the American city of Minneapolis on May 25th, and the violent protests that followed in cities across the country, as U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to encourage more violence. Protests have been escalating for a week, with chaotic scenes of riots and buildings set on fire now everywhere on newspapers front pages from around the world:

USA

Star Tribune

The Wall Street Journal

The New York Times

The Washington Post


CANADA

The Globe and Mail

The Toronto Star


CUBA

Granma


BRAZIL

Folha de Sao Paulo


COLOMBIA


ARGENTINA

La Nacion


FRANCE

Libération

La Croix


UNITED KINGDOM

The Independent


SPAIN

La Razon

La Vanguardia


GERMANY

Die Tageszeitung


AUSTRIA

Kleine Zeitung


NETHERLANDS

De Volkskrant


DENMARK

Politiken


SWEDEN

Dagens Nyheter


SLOVAKIA

Dennik N


CROATIA

Vecernji list


ISRAEL

Haaretz


SOUTH KOREA

The Chosun Ilbo


AUSTRALIA

The Daily Telegraph


NEW ZEALAND

The Dominion Post

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

Jair Bolsonaro bogus claims perform well online

Cris Faga/ZUMA
Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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