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Old images, fiction films and even video games have all been used to spread fake news stories in war-torn Syria – creating all the more work for a media collective debunking them.To bring clarity and truth to an increasingly complex war, 32-year-old activist and journalist Ahmad Primo founded Verify-sy, an electronic platform that monitors and fact-checks stories about the conflict.In Syria, fake news is nothing new, Primo said.With every new military assault in Syria, the team sees its workload skyrocket – they fact-check at least four or five stories a day, Primo said.The White Helmets, rescuers who help victims of regime bombardment in rebel areas, have been at the center of fake reports.In one viral video clip, men presented as White Helmets are seen acting out a scene on a film set, sparking accusations the group stages shots of its rescues.But it was later discovered that the scene was, in fact, from a film by a pro-government director smearing the White Helmets.
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