To slow the spread of false stories on WhatsApp, this Colombian news site is enlisting its own readers

In 2016, Colombian journalists faced the challenge of telling one of the most important stories in the country’s history: after more than 50 years, the Colombian government and the FARC reached a peace agreement to end the decades-long conflict that had left more than eight million victims. It was a critical moment for news organizations, which had to find ways to explain clearly a process tangled with political interests that would determine the future of millions of people who were calling for truth, justice, and reparations. News media, however, had another challenge: to keep up with various conversations circulating on social media, especially via WhatsApp, where all kinds of viral stories about the negotiations had spread. Users shared chain messages (“cadenas”) without an understanding of whether the news they shared was accurate — a critical issue, since those messages could’ve swayed votes in the country’s referendum on a peace deal
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Jornal colombiano recruta leitores para travar difusão de notícias falsas no WhatsApp

Em 2016, os jornalistas colombianos enfrentaram o desafio de relatar uma das notícias mais importantes da história do país: ao fim de mais de 50 anos, o Governo colombiano e as FARC chegaram a um acordo de paz para pôr fim ao conflito que dura há várias décadas e que provocou mais de oito milhões de vítimas. Foi um momento crítico para os media, que tiveram de encontrar maneiras de explicar com clareza um processo que envolvia vários interesses políticos e que iria determinar o futuro de milhões de pessoas que exigiam verdade, justiça e indemnizações. No entanto, os meios de comunicação tinham outro desafio: acompanhar as várias conversas que circulavam nas redes sociais, especialmente através do WhatsApp, onde se propagavam todo o tipo de histórias virais sobre as negociações. Os utilizadores partilhavam cadeias de mensagens (“cadenas”) sem compreender se as notícias que estavam a partilhar eram
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