Perspectives & Context
Fake news in the digital era is one of the latest issues that has raised concern among intermediaries, governments, and end users. Fake news can be described as deliberately created, factually incorrect stories, which are spread by outlets to promote their own interests. With the growth of social media, fake news has proliferated; it has found a platform to disseminate these stories to a massive audience.
According to a recent analysis, fake news stories created more Facebook engagement than the top election stories from 19 of the main news outlets combined. On top of that, a Stanford study recently found that more than 80% of students cannot identify sponsored content from ‘real’ news stories.
Online Extremism and recruitment: spot it, halt it!
This video tutorial gives an introduction on how information is handled and acquired on the internet. More precisely, being able to find trustworthy and reliable information is becoming more and more challenging. On one hand, assessing the reliability of the information we read is becoming more and more difficult. On the other, online recruitment is based on sophisticated techniques that turn unaware users into easy targets. This video helps clarify the issues discussed above, and provides some practical advices on what measures can be taken to minimise the risks related to our daily online activities.
Fake News and extremist propaganda online. Are they linked?
Ola Kaczorek, an LGBT activist, tells the story of how fake news are used in extremist propaganda online. Find out how fake news created in the United States has contributed to the recruitment of young people to extremist movements and violent assaults during pride events in Poland, including attempted attacks with explosives.