German media and politicians have warned against an election-year spike in fake news after the rightwing website Breitbart claimed a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” had set fire to a church in the city of Dortmund on New Year’s Eve. The police have immediately debunked the story as false. The rise of such news, in light of previous reports of fake news and hacking from Russian sources that sought to influence the US elections, is a serious instance of misuse of cyberspace or even an act of cyberwarfare.
What does the rise of such incidents indicate about the direction of the Internet?
Can societies prevent or mitigate such destabilising activities?
What do you think will be the impact of such a development on you and your society?