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    Germany Fights Fake News Before Its Big Election

    Can they handle the truth? After last year’s U.S. presidential election became mired in weaponized disinformation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t taking any chances. Ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 general election, the country is relying on legislation and online fact-checking to crack down on fake news, which many Germans believe threatens their democracy. But bots and disinformation, often originating from Russia, are still going strong — and technology enables such tools as convincing doctored video that, even among a discerning public, could sow just enough doubt to tip electoral odds.

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