Panel #2- False News and Fact-Checking: Information Flows During a Pandemic and Presidential Election
Since the 2016 election, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others have struggled to contain the spread of false and misleading information on their platforms. The COVID-19 infodemic has contributed to the problem, with “Plandemic” and other conspiracy theories reaching millions of users before the platforms can remove them. This seminar will take on the spread of misinformation and disinformation on social and traditional media — and which methods work best to correct false claims.
CSMaP is co-sponsoring this event with NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and First Amendment Watch, a project of the Institute that serves as an educational resource for journalists seeking to understand their rights.
Speakers include Brendan Nyhan, whose research shows how unproven claims of voter fraud could undermine public trust in elections; Emily Thorson, whose work explores the effects of media coverage on misinformation and fact-checking; and Leticia Bode, whose research investigates how much “social correction” takes place in the real world and who witnesses these acts.
CSMaP Election Seminar Series
This fall, the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics will bring together leading scholars to explore the relationship between new media technologies and democratic politics. Our virtual CSMaP Election Seminar Series aims to highlight the latest research and identify future research we need in the lead-up to and aftermath of the November 2020 elections.