Google engineer beaten to death after false kidnap claim in India

Posted by The King Slayer 2018 years ago in WTF
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A Google engineer has been beaten to death in the latest attack sparked by false WhatsApp messages accusing people of kidnapping children in India.

Mohammad Azam was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state's Bidar district.

Police have arrested 32 people over the death - the latest in a string of lynchings caused by unfounded rumours of child abductions.

Azam's friends, including a Qatar national, were critically injured in the assault that came days after the Facebook-owned messaging service published advertisements in Indian newspapers offering tips to curb the spread of fake information on its platform.

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