Leading scholars presented new research on popular interventions to combat misinformation online.
The internet and social media have drastically reduced the cost of disseminating information, allowing a variety of perspectives to flourish while encouraging more participation from underrepresented voices. At the same time, however, this new online ecosystem has contributed to several interlinked problems in American political discourse, including the spread of misinformation, disagreements about basic facts, and lowered trust in established media. Over the past several years, experts have proposed a number of ideas to mitigate these issues and reduce exposure to misleading information. In this virtual event, leading scholars presented new research about misinformation and the impact of several popular interventions to counteract it online.
Kevin Aslett - Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics
Nadia Brashier - Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences, Purdue University
David Rand - Professor of Management Science and Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Zeve Sanderson - Executive Director, NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics (moderator)
The following is a list of research presented during the webinar:
Accuracy prompts are a replicable and generalizable approach for reducing the spread of misinformation (PDF)
List of all papers from Rand group on misinformation (Google Doc)