Fake News, Social Media and Democracy
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About The Event
Misinformation or "fake news" has been a constant source of disruption for our democratic processes. As individuals continue to get more and more news on their social networks, governments, social media companies, and journalists often find themselves in the middle of public debates over what is actually true. We'll be looking at how misinformation has shaped public opinion, what it does and does not do to our electorate, and how we can help people be better, more critical of the news that they receive online.
Mike Horning is an Associate Professor of Multimedia Journalism in the School of Communication of Virginia Tech. He is also the Association Director of the Social Informatics Research Cluster in Virginia Tech Center for Human Computer Interaction. His research examines how emerging media impact public opinion. His current research, funded by the National Science Foundation, looks at how we can improve information transparency in online news environments and how we can help publics better evaluate their sources of information.