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Quality information given by experts is like a vaccine against falsehoods

Scientists and experts should be available to communicate with the media, or their spot will be taken by false experts. But providing more information to the audience can also have a negative side effect: overconfidence.

EU project Fare

EU project: FARE

FARE : The fight against fake news is real. People worldwide are exposed to large-scale disinformation, including misleading or false information. The European Commission has made it a priority to tackle the spread and impact of online disinformation (defined as ‘verifiably false or misleading information created, presented and disseminated for economic gain or to intentionally ...

Infodemic Exclusive Interviews Michael Butter

Michael Butter: “Education can help against conspiracy theories”

Michael Butter is Professor of American Studies at the University of Tübingen. He is the author of The Nature of Conspiracy Theories (Polity, 2020) and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project Populism and Conspiracy Theory. This year you co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories along with Peter Knight. Can you talk about some of ...

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ESMH Media Review – February 3, 2021

Digital communication, COVID-19 & Horizon Europe. Check out the ESMH selection of 22 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

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ESMH Press Review – December 10, 2020

COVID-19 misinformation, climate crisis & internet of things. Check out the ESMH selection of 20 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

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Nahema Marchal: “People who seek junk content, because they find it entertaining or are simply curious, will always find it”

Nahema Marchal is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and a researcher for the Computational Propaganda Project. Her research examines the relationship between social media and polarization and the manipulation of digital platforms in the context of mis- and disinformation campaigns. She is also an experienced media spokesperson and regularly ...

ESMH selection: sources of information about Corona Virus

ESMH selection: sources of information about Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for reliable sources of information on the virus and ensuing crisis is more important than ever. To this end, the European Science-Media Hub has compiled a list of such sources, ranging from recognised official international webpages providing daily updates, to data and maps, as well as a selection ...

Misinformation in science : how false medical news on social media miseducates our society

Misinformation in science : how false medical news on social media miseducates our society

Social media platforms have taken a leading role in our everyday lives and have changed the way we obtain health information online. The most recent topic fueling disinformation is the novel Coronavirus. However, it is not the only one.

Interview with Dr. Skyler Johnson about false medical news

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr. Skyler Johnson about false medical news

False medical news, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Dr. Skyler Johnson, Radiation oncologist, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Utah. In your opinion, why is it dangerous to spread false medical news on cancer? Cancer patients often find themselves in a vulnerable, life-threatening situation. Fake medical news on cancer could possibly persuade these patients ...

Interview with Dr. James B. Yu about false medical news

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr. James B. Yu about false medical news

False medical news, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Dr. James B. Yu, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Medical Director, Smilow Radiation Oncology, Therapeutic Radiology; Director, Prostate and Genitourinary Cancer Radiotherapy Program, Yale School of Medicine. In your opinion, why is it dangerous to spread false medical news on cancer? Fake medical news is dangerous especially for ...