The Case of the Murdered Goats Exploring Germany's Far-Right Rumor Mill

Absurd, unfounded reports about asylum seekers are circulating on German social media. They are part of a targeted misinformation campaign by right-wing extremists designed to instill fear and stoke anti-migrant sentiment. But where do the stories come from?
False rumors of misdeeds by Muslim refugees are everywhere in the Internet. But where do they come from?

False rumors of misdeeds by Muslim refugees are everywhere in the Internet. But where do they come from?

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A screenshot of the Facebook posting about the alleged slaughtering of goats at the Lostau petting zoo.

A screenshot of the Facebook posting about the alleged slaughtering of goats at the Lostau petting zoo.

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A screenshot of a posting about a 12 year old boy allegedly beaten by Arabs. But the picture has been used before in connection with other stories, such as that of a boy being attacked by a Rottweiler.

A screenshot of a posting about a 12 year old boy allegedly beaten by Arabs. But the picture has been used before in connection with other stories, such as that of a boy being attacked by a Rottweiler.

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