Media | July 2019 - Why do we continually fall for fake stories and false claims?

Eileen Culloty wrote an article for RTÉ Brainstorm, an Irish platform for translating academic research for the public. Eileen explains that susceptibility to disinformation comes down to a complex number of factors relating to psychology, politics, society and technology. She then describes how the Provenance project is addressing the problem. She writes, Provenance is “developing tools that will automatically evaluate online content to provide context about where it originated from and who has been sharing it. In addition, the tools will identify whether visual content has been manipulated in some way and whether the story differs substantially from what is reported by news agencies. When people are browsing the web or social media, they will receive a simple warning to indicate that content may be suspicious and have the option to find out more. Importantly, the aim is not to tell people what to believe but to provide them with context to make an informed decision.”

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