We found the number of “big lies” – also known as fake news – didn’t increase in 2023 compared to 2020. But we did spot more “small lies” this time. Here’s what to look out for in coming elections.
More and more people are saying they don’t trust the news or can’t face engaging with it – and that appears to have political implications.
Contrary to what some ‘denialists’ believe, research shows that Canadian media outlets did not help circulate a ‘mass grave hoax’ regarding unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools.
Artificial intelligence could be used to generate content intended to manipulate people. Addressing this problem means understanding how communication works to influence people.
To restrict the spread of fake news on social media platforms, researchers designed an algorithm that can flag potential misinformation.
The use of deepfakes and AI by groups with various interests, including governments and media, is the latest and most sophisticated tool in information and disinformation campaigns.
Popes wear white to represent Christlike purity and red to symbolise compassion.
A study has reviewed 5,000 news stories about spiders published on the internet. Most of them contain false and sensationalist information. Spider infodemics has its poison.
Gareth Jones reported on Moscow’s genocide against the Ukrainian people in the 1930s. His story holds lessons and an example for those reporting on the latest conflict.
We often assume misinformation leads to bad beliefs which lead to antisocial behaviour. But there’s so far little evidence for this.
The amount of content available online makes policing misinformation extremely difficult. But there are steps we can all take to better ensure the credibility of what we see online.
Teaching students about information literacy can help them determine what kinds of practices make news reports trustworthy.
For the first time, we are asking readers if they can help support our mission to share knowledge in order to inform decisions.
Fuel for the American Revolution came from a source familiar today: distorted news reports used to drum up enthusiasm for overthrowing an illegitimate government.
What’s true and what’s not? An expert in media literacy explains how to evaluate information.
The new ‘docuseries’ makes grand claims about our ice age ancestors. Here’s why you should proceed with caution.
The disinformation age is changing what it means to produce fair or balanced reporting.
No, Avril Lavigne isn’t dead – the science behind conspiracy theories.
It is unclear who will win Brazil’s election in the second round, but one thing is obvious: Bolsonaro’s brand of right-wing conservatism is growing, and so is its threat to democracy.
A new screening tool to help study reviewers identify what’s fake or shoddy in research may be on the horizon. And everyday people can apply some of the same critical analysis tools.