In our “post-truth” political era, there is a lot we can learn from an under-appreciated philosopher who focused on “thinking clearly.”
Despite fake news commonly being cited as a danger to society, very little research has been conducted on its ability to alter what people think.
Many scientists believe attention is the key to tackling fake news – and that a form of ‘priming’ can help.
It is difficult for the media to deal in fake news – but the Andrews conspiracy story has been handled very well.
We surveyed social media users from vulnerable groups and found 73% got their vital news from social platforms. How can we protect these people from vaccine misinformation?
Public relations and journalism have always existed in an uneasy balance. Social media and low revenues are shifting that balance in favour of PR, creating a lack of trust in the news.
The first nationally representative survey to investigate the media literacy needs, attitudes and experiences of Australian adults shows they need more help with understanding media.
The researchers are working on a way to train people to be better at spotting fake news.
When scientists first thought to deceive predators with bird smells, the idea seemed crazy. But after seeing how fake news messes with the minds of both humans and animals, it now makes sense.
Search engines, like social media algorithms, get you to click on links by learning what other people click on. Enticing misinformation often comes out on top.
A tweet led a scholar to consider how misinformation is changing the ways we evaluate information and trust others.
Trump might have popularised the idea of fake news, but 26 centuries ago Plato and Thucydides were convinced intellectuals and poets were duping the people and undermining democracy.
Google, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter have all agreed to a voluntary code of conduct targeting misinformation. But the only real commitment is to appear as though they’re taking action.
Theories that antibodies affect the placenta are completely unfounded.
A ‘psychological vaccine’ has the potential to counter belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.
Prominent ‘danger’ signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.
Dickens worried for the safety of his sons when diphtheria broke out in France and - in a newly discovered letter - wrote about how the truth was difficult to find.
Calling out false information on social media may do more harm than good.
If citizens disbelieve the institutions that count ballots and the organizations that accurately report on those results, it will be impossible to agree on what a legitimate election looks like.
Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.