Pasha 13: Fake news and fallacies part 2

Fake news is attractive to people because of its simplicity: it contains elements of truth, and that lures people into believing it. In this era where fake news and fallacies are all around us, science has a crucial role to play.

Social media and digital technologies help in spreading fake news. But this doesn’t mean social media should be controlled or censored by governments, Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, argues in this episode of Pasha.

Read more: Why science matters so much in the era of fake news and fallacies

Photo: By Nokuro Fake news words typed on vintage typewriter. Shutterstock

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