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With misinformation all over the web, how do you discern fake news from real? Here are the characteristics of fake news and what to look for.
By exposing people to small doses of misinformation and encouraging them to develop resistance strategies, "prebunking" can fight fake news.
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«close to 65% of antivaccine content posted to Facebook and Twitter in February and March 2021 is attributable to just 12 individuals.»
Troll Factory taps into the power of gamification to bring about awareness and "illustrate how fake news, emotive content and bot armies are utilized to affect moods, opinions and decision-making."
In a world of fake news, the only antidote is our ability to judge the reputation of the people supplying us with information.
The crowd-funded news platform aims to combat fake news by combining professional journalism with volunteer fact checking: "news by the people and for the people."
Selling the story of disinformation
«Is social media creating new types of people, or simply revealing long-obscured types of people to a segment of the public unaccustomed to seeing them?»
Under the guise of counterterrorism, the government is accelerating pressure on social media companies to crack down on speech the feds deem disinformation.
By predicting the fake news scandals surrounding the 2016 US presidential election campaign, tech engineer Aviv Ovadya has become an early Cassandra of Silicon Valley. Yet today, Ovadya believes that your children will look at the post-2016 election fallout with nostalgia. He warns that AI-enhanced technology is steering the world toward a disinformation apocalypse. To learn more about Ovadya’s background and thinking, getAbstract recommends you read Charlie Warzel’s recent post on BuzzFeed News.
In the age of the Internet and social media, separating fact from opinion – and news from fake news – has become a challenge. A new phenomenon, which sociologist Keith Kahn-Harris refers to as “denialism,” has made its way into the public discourse: the use of pseudo-scientific arguments to advance a specific political agenda. If you wonder what motivates people to challenge established scientific consensus, getAbstract believes you will find answers in Kahn-Harris’s enlightening analysis.
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating farther, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.
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