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Witch Hunts: Where “Fake News” Began | Niall Ferguson’s Networld | PBS

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In the 1600s, self-proclaimed witch hunter Matthew Hopkins stirred public panic with his book “The Discovery of Witches,” as competing Catholics and Protestants sought to attract new followers by demonstrating their power to expose and capture “witches.” Premieres Tuesday, March 17 from 8-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app.

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About Niall Ferguson’s Networld
Historian and author Niall Ferguson (International Emmy-winning The Ascent of Money) explains why that shouldn’t have surprised us in the new three-part documentary series Niall Ferguson’s Networld, premiering Tuesday, March 17 from 8-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings),, the PBS Video app and the PBS YouTube channel. He explores the centuries-old origin story of social networking and argues that understanding the networks of the past can provide insight into what’s happening today and what may happen in the future.