Nearly a year ago, New Zealand’s intelligence services warned of the ‘realistic possibility’ of future COVID-related violent extremism. How concerned should people be now?
Disinformation is being privatized around the world. This new industry is built on a dangerous combination of cheap labor, high-tech algorithms and emotional national narratives.
Misinformation about climate change has been spreading in other ways, and social media companies have been reluctant to stop it.
Not knowing how many posts people see on social media overall or where specific types of content get concentrated is keeping researchers in the dark about misinformation.
You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media, your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.
You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.
A lot has happened since the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. A portrait in data highlights trends in everything from case counts, to research publications, to variant spread.
Concern about Islamophobia has been near-constant for years. But how it plays out is changing – especially online.
The 2,000-line poem by Scottish physician John Armstrong was written during a time of pandemic, war and increasing public disinformation. What can readers learn from it today?
We all have biases that impact what information we choose to accept and reject. But there are some ways we can train ourselves to become more discerning.
Tighter controls are not the answer; the opportunity should be used to think differently about trust and journalism. It is critical to enable audiences to distinguish reliable, verified information.
The strong disapproval of the South African government’s handling of the pandemic is a warning that crafting persuasive pro-vaccine messages is not enough.
The majority of those punished under the laws to combat false information are opposition politicians or journalists.
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.
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.
A civil rights group is suing Facebook for its failure to stop the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech on the platform.
School teaches us to read a text carefully in order to understand it. But on the web, ignoring information is a survival skill.
Over half of the 50 nations in the International Federation of Journalists survey said coverage of China had become more positive in their national media since the onset of the pandemic.
Though many people are just paying attention to these problems now, they are not new – and they even date back to ancient Rome.
Researchers found that both Kenyans and South Africans have a broadly negative view of China, possibly amplified by the pandemic.