Venezuela has a fake news problem too

It’s hard to know what to believe these days. Marco Bello/Reuters
Like dust in the wind the news flies: Leopoldo López, the jailed Venezuelan opposition leader, has died. That’s according to the Twitter account of Globovisión journalist Leopoldo Castillo, currently exiled in Miami.
People begin retweeting the unconfirmed announcement in Venezuela and abroad. Even US Senator Marco Rubio “confirms” the news: López’s near-lifeless body was transferred to the Ramo Verde military hospital.
People lash out at the government of Nicolás Maduro, accusing it of murder. Some say Castillo’s account was hacked by agents of the state for precisely this purpose: to sow discontent. Castillo denies the suggestion, further confusing matters .
“Proof of life” is demanded. On a television program hosted by the powerful former senator Diosdado Cabello,

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