The Shed at Dulwich reached TripAdvisor’s No. 1 spot for restaurants in London before it was revealed to be a hoax. The stunt showed how easily we are fooled. The lesson learned? Trust no one.
The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.
Critical thinking is of paramount importance, especially as it applies to research on the internet – and to our energy future. Educators have a duty to ensure students avoid fake news on energy.
A new national security communications unit has echoes of the past, when the government tried to weaponise information, with mixed results.
The first amendment protecting press freedom is under unprecedented threat in the Trump era.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can’t be done.
In the age of ‘fake news’ it’s more important than ever to make sure that what’s being published is the truth – especially when it comes to reporting research and science.
Facebook is unwittingly helping fuel a genocide against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Does Cuba’s internet model provide lessons to manage social media amid political chaos?
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
Sociologists know what conditions make it more likely a mass delusion will take hold and spread through a group – whether adherence to a fashion fad or belief in a doomsday cult.
It’s not always easy to tell when someone’s out to fool you on the internet, but there are some simple tools you can use.
The risks of big data are not getting enough attention.
Solutions to fake news and financial support for media may come from newspapers of the early 1800s.
The world’s loudest hater of ‘fake news’ is also a brazen peddler of insidious misinformation.
Many are calling for government to step in to stop bots and the spread of fake news on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A media expert explains why this is a slippery slope.
A new survey reveals that while most young Australians get news from online sources, they lack the skills to distinguish fake news.
Will the arrival and popularity of Oculus Go and other VR systems make us think differently about alternative realities and so-called alternative facts?
Science isn’t cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science’s reputation for reliability.
In a fight for the global flow of information, social media firms must be regulated. Their billions of dollars in revenue put their financial interests in conflict with truth and democracy.
A scholar asks whether democracy itself is at risk in a world where social media is creating deeply polarized groups of individuals who tend to believe everything they hear.