Where Misinformation Kills, Fact-Checkers Hope to Save Lives

In March of this year, a rumor began to spread in Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, claiming that the president’s wife had forbidden all Congolese women from wearing pants or mini-skirts.

What followed is a horrific example of how misinformation has the capacity to go from an online hoax to a tangible threat to life.

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