Mitigating Misinformation

Misinformation is a growing societal concern around the world, despite decades of debate over the roles of information media in mass democracies. How are activists, scientists, corporations, and other actors attempting to mitigate misinformation? For many, adding more technology has been the answer, while others have focused on media literacy or fact checking. At this stage, what responses seem to hold the most promise? 

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Latest News on Mitigating Misinformation

Late on the night of Thursday, 26 June, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament passed a controversial anti-disinformation law. This occurred despite enormous grassroots online protests against the bill, including upwards of 1,200 critical comments from Facebook users against its main sponsor Gulshat Asylbayeva, a member of the ruling coalition’s Önügüü-Progress Party. The unusual hour of the law’s passing, […]

For a decade and a half, Facebook has dominated the landscape of digital social networks, becoming one of the most powerful arbiters of online speech. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, over two billion users leverage the platform to post, share, discuss, react to, and access content from all over the globe. Through […]

Misinformation is one of the most critical issues of recent years, which does harm to democracy, economics, and society. Despite all the attempts, traditional techniques are not powerful enough to address new challenges arising from the 4Vs (volume, variety, velocity, veracity) of Big Data. First, large volumes of data on social platforms are generated at […]

When streamer Samantha Wong told Twitch that she had been sexually harassed by another person connected to the Twitch community, the report went all the way to the top. A Twitch VP who has since left the company, Justin Wong, says he escalated her allegations to Twitch’s CEO, the head of Twitch HR, and a […]

As Victoria grapples with multiple clusters of Covid-19 across 10 suburbs, experts have warned against blaming culturally diverse communities for spreading or believing misinformation, following comments by the state’s chief health officer that appeared to hold conspiracy theories partially responsible for the spike. “There are people who use social media from their country of origin […]

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