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The first step is recognizing that conspiracies do, in fact, exist

Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing ‘QAnon’ t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on 10/1/18
Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing ‘QAnon’ t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on 10/1/18
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Once again, fake news is being weaponized to undermine our elections

Misinformation newsstand in Manhattan. Person holds magazine that has “Misinformation” on the cover.
Misinformation newsstand in Manhattan. Person holds magazine that has “Misinformation” on the cover.
A “misinformation” newsstand in New York. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images


Reasonable Doubt

A top political scientist reveals new research showing a sharp drop-off in fake news since 2016

Illustration: Yoshi Sodeoka


Trust Issues

Journalism experts on the era of ‘fake news’ — and what lies ahead

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Trust Issues

The erosion of faith in the media, our government and our neighbors will have grave social implications

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The best way to combat wild conspiracy theories is through media literacy

The “first-of-its-kind” “Misinformation News stand” on Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street, one block from Times Square, in New York City. The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) erected it “to educate news consumers about the dangers of disinformation in the lead-up to midterms”. The news stand contains totally fake periodicals with fake headlines and articles. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images


Social media is creating real problems for the world, but moral panics still far outweigh reality. That’s a recipe for policy disaster.

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