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Researchers say conspiracy theories around COVID-19 are spreading at an alarming rate across the country — and they warn that misinformation shared online may lead to devastating consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Sowing the seeds of science: How thinking of information like a garden can help us address misinformation

Gardening provides a helpful metaphor to help us understand how individual and platform approaches to misinformation need to be accompanied by policy and cultural reforms.
It doesn’t take a human mind to produce misinformation convincing enough to fool experts in such critical fields as cybersecurity. iLexx/iStock via Getty Images

Study shows AI-generated fake reports fool experts

Bots flooding social media with fake news about politics is bad enough. Muddying the waters in such fields as cybersecurity and health care could put lives at risk.
Different African countries must come up with home grown solutions to curb misinformation or disinformation. Shutterstock

Spotting hoaxes: how young people in Africa use cues to spot misinformation online

Users do spend some time thinking about whether information is true; the decision to share it (even if it’s fake news) depends on the topic and the type of message.
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Behind a lot of flashy headlines may lie questionable scientific claims - what should people be aware of when reading the news?

Behind a lot of news headlines often lie either questionable, oversold or misinterpreted research findings. So what should readers be aware of when reading news that contain scientific claims?
If its services help deliver misinformation to your home, what responsibility does Comcast have for that? AP Photo/Mike Stewart

Misinformation-spewing cable companies come under scrutiny

Cable providers like Comcast carry Fox News and other channels that feed conspiracy theories and lies into Americans' homes.

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