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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Egyptian TV channels begin airing ads warning against rumors, false news

Egyptian state-owned and private television channels have begun airing ads warning against rumors and false news. Several of the ads refer to specific “fake stories” that have been circulating and provide the real story behind the rumors. The broadcasting of these ads comes a few short days after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi warned that rumors spreading discontent are the biggest threat to Egypt’s stability. “‘Don’t believe everything you see on social media,’ [one] advert says. ‘Check news before you share it. Get news from a well-trusted source.’” We wonder if Ahmed Moussa’s gripping report on Russian operations in Syria using the credible source that is the video game Apache Air Assault counts as fake news (watch, runtime: 7:50). The ads have not yet materialized on the interwebs. BBC has the story.

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