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Knowledge Is Power: Fighting Misinformation, Disinformation, and Junk News

In today's session we will:

  • Discover terminology that can help us be more precise in talking about "fake news"

  • Learn to spot unreliable news and control the spread

  • Understand the role that bias plays in media manipulation

  • Locate reputable news media sources available at WashU

United Nations COVID19 Response

Poll: Sharing Fake News Stories

Where do you get your news?
Major daily newspaper (print or online): 5 votes (26.32%)
Television: 1 votes (5.26%)
Social media (TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, etc.): 7 votes (36.84%)
Online news sites: 6 votes (31.58%)
Friends/family: 0 votes (0%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 19
Have you ever shared fake news unknowingly?
Yes: 5 votes (38.46%)
No: 4 votes (30.77%)
I'm not sure: 4 votes (30.77%)
Total Votes: 13
Have you ever shared fake news on purpose?
Yes: 1 votes (7.69%)
No: 10 votes (76.92%)
Maybe: 2 votes (15.38%)
Total Votes: 13
Have you ever fallen victim to a fake news story?
Yes: 10 votes (76.92%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
I'm not sure: 3 votes (23.08%)
Total Votes: 13
What is your role at WU?
Undergraduate Student: 4 votes (33.33%)
Graduate Student: 1 votes (8.33%)
Post Doc: 0 votes (0%)
Faculty/Lecturer: 0 votes (0%)
Staff: 5 votes (41.67%)
Alumna/us: 0 votes (0%)
Community Member/Non-Affiliated: 2 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 12