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Italy Scrambles to Fight Misinformation Ahead of Its Elections

As Europe experiments with different approaches to a common problem, a test approaches.

Two explosive stories began circulating in Italy in November.

The first was about a nine-year-old Muslim girl who was hospitalized after being sexually assaulted by her 35-year-old “husband” in the northeastern city of Padua.

Fake 1a Will Frazier Italy & UKThe second concerned Maria Elena Boschi, a prominent lawmaker and member of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party, who was photographed at a funeral mourning the recent death of notorious mafia boss Salvatore Riina.

What they had in common was the…

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