Social media is making us more unhappy, less safe, and in some cases just stupider. This while the power of these websites grows unstoppably: Facebook now has more adherents than Christianity. In this episode we’re taking on just two aspects of the social media problem: the way it spreads fake news, and the vicious nature...
Tag: Digital Narrative Manipulation
Stay on top of your truth
Sharpen your skills and be 1 step ahead of misinformation. Explore First Draft’s extensive free library of training content including online courses, toolkits and resources designed to help you to eradicate the spread of misinformation. Learn more here
Learn to Discern (L2D) – Media Literacy Training
Learn to Discern is a program that aims to share their approach with individuals in order to help them create healthy habits for engaging with online information. The idea is to build resilience to mis and disinformation at a community level. This is done by empowering individuals and helping them to recognize and reject divisive...
The rise of fake Facebook accounts, the why and the how.
Fake accounts are mostly used to amplify the popularity or dislike of a person or movement, thus manipulating users’ views of true public sentiment. Read more here
How liars create the “illusion of truth”
How do politicians and people in powerful positions get away with spreading false information and fake news? And why do ordinary people buy into these fake stories? Well as the saying goes “repeat the lie often enough and people will start to believe it’s the truth”. Here are the tactics liars use to manipulate us...
Are you in a social media bubble?
Here’s how to break out of your social media echo chamber Social Media echo chambers can be dangerous because the algorithm only serves you what it thinks you’ll like and what you usually believe (based on past searches), so you’ll never see a different perspective. Read here to learn how to restore balance to your feed:
Meet the investigators monitoring and combating fake news online
Social media is being used to peddle false narratives which are deepening the divide in our society. The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change; DFR Labs and Real 411 are organisations that exist to protect our online safety; our democracy and undo some of the damage created by these organised networks. This Carte Blanche episode...
OP-ED: Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: Weekly Trends in SA | Daily Maverick
Week 19: Public officials, the media and disinformation — fire starters or fire extinguishers? Read full article
The week in social media | 16 – 20 June 2020
Every day we observe, dissect and analyse the news and information driving the conversations around the week’s most topical issues on social media. These are the highlights you should know about. Twitter fast becoming THE platform to report Missing Persons Recent trend reports have indicated a surge in notifications of missing people on Twitter. Tuesday...
The week in social media | 30 May – 6 June 2020
Every day we observe, dissect and analyse the news and information driving the conversations around the week’s most topical issues on social media. These are the highlights you should know about. Back to school false start Teachers, parents and pupils waited to hear if schools would reopen 01 June. On Sunday evening 31 May Minister...