(FILES) In this file photo taken on Nov. 21, 2019, the Google and YouTube logos are seen at the entrance to the Google offices in Los Angeles, California.
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Disinformation, now known as fake news, has tainted public discourse for centuries, even millennia. It’s been amplified in our digital age as a weapon of fearmongers, mob-baiters and election-meddlers to widen social fissures, subvert democracy and boost authoritarian regimes. Companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google are under pressure to take action.