Catalonia, located in Spain's northeast and the home of Barcelona, has been agitating for independence for more than 300 years. But something about this latest push was different, according to Spanish journalist Clara Jimenez Cruz. Cruz is a reporter with Maldito Bulo, aimed at debunking falsehoods on social media. It's something akin to The Washington Post's Fact Checker, although the seven reporters who work on Maldito Bulo have full-time jobs, too.
"How Fake News Helped Shape the Catalonia Independence Vote" is from the October 19, 2017 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Amanda Erickson and narrated by Sam Scholl.