WhatsApp fake news during Brazil election ‘favoured Bolsonaro’ squib

Analysis suggests vast majority of viral messages with false information were rightwing

The vast majority of false information shared on WhatsApp in Brazil during the presidential election favoured the far-right winner, Jair Bolsonaro, a Guardian analysis of data suggests.

The analysis sheds light on the spread of misinformation on the Facebook-owned app, with fears it could be poisoning political debate in one of the largest democracies in the world.

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