Recent international research looks at widely-held reasons for and against trusting news on social media, ranging from valuing a broader range of views and opinions to a healthy scepticism towards clickbait headlines.
My most uplifting moment in 2017 was watching freshly elected French President Emanuel Macron walk across the courtyard of the Louvre to the sound of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the official anthem of the European Union.
Dubbed "The Man Who Invented the Republican Internet”, Vincent Harries is a prominent exponent of digital political communications, advising everyone from Rand Paul to Benjamin Netenyahu on how to target voters online.
Across Europe, the trust gap between traditional and new media is widening, finds a new report by the European Broadcasting Union.
“Fake: Plague Epidemic amongst Ukrainian Soldiers”; “Fake: Ukraine’s Falling Credit Rating”; “Fake: Kyiv Homeless to be Run out of Town for Eurovision”: for some people, fake news is old news.
Fighting political campaigns in the digital realm is not new; but leading with a digital-first approach is. However, whatever the approach, simple, persuasive narratives are what win votes. A political postcard from the US elections.
Where do you get your facts from?
Challenges in journalism helped create a context where false information is spread – and undermined our trust in the media. The fight back begins in a partnership between journalists and communicators
How do you counter fake news? “With the facts, of course!” is the invariable reply from my colleagues. As scientists and engineers, they’re primed to say that. And they’re wrong.
What we see in our news feeds isn’t always the truth. In fact, it’s usually decided by a sequence of actions that for many of us remain a mystery: the algorithm.