In a bid to fight fake news, the initiative is taking on social media sites such as WhatsApp and Facebook

Voting machines rigged by Venezuela; suspicious connections with George Soros; elderly conservatives beaten up by left-wing activists; a candidate’s name spelled out in massive letters across a soy field – these are just a few of the viral WhatsApp and Facebook posts that have been investigated by Comprova, an initiative to fight misinformation ahead of Brazil’s presidential elections on 7 October.

All of the above were deemed “deceitful” – except the soy field, which, to the surprise of the debunkers, turned out to be true.

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