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Indiana University fighting the spread of disinformation

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Indiana University’s media and informatics schools are trying to help you spot election-year disinformation.

I-U’s “Hoaxy” project is tracking some prominent bot-driven false statements and conspiracy theories across the Internet, from innuendo that vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris isn’t a US citizen to baseless claims that Anthony Fauci plotted with China to create the coronavirus.

By measuring how quickly those claims ricochet around the Web and who pushes them out, researchers can graph how much of their spread is fueled artificially.

For each claim, researchers will survey how many people believe them, and whether knowing a rumor is bot-driven changes that.

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Charles U Farley October 1, 2020 at 8:29 am

If they want to help people spot disinformation, they should put a warning on Biden’s site!

Thor October 2, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Libs making sure their message isn’t countered with actual facts. The agenda based “fact checking” will be disgusting to watch.


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