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Fear, Lies and Lucre: How Criminal Groups Weaponise Social Media in Mexico

Social media is becoming a major source of information about violent crime in Mexico, with many hotspots too dangerous for journalists.

But much of what appears is inaccurate or misleading, posted by criminal groups themselves.

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Platforms should adapt their policies to minimise the risks.

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Mexico’s criminal groups use social media to garner popular support, denigrate rivals, glorify narco-culture and coordinate violence.

Social media is also crucial for providing timely information about flare-ups of violence, particularly since journalists face major threats to their safety, which heavily circumscribes their…

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