Fake news can be deadly. During the pandemic, false information about causes, spread, and cures related to COVID-19 have shaped actions, at both individual and institutional levels. In places like India, scores of innocent people have been lynched by vigilante mobs after false rumors of child kidnappings and organ harvesting spread in the form of doctored videos shared via the WhatsApp encrypted message system. Dr. S. Shyam Sundar, with funding from WhatsApp and the National Science Foundation, has been investigating the psychology of our susceptibility to online misinformation and working on solutions to address this scourge of modern media.

  • Featuring S. Shyam Sundar Why Do We Fall for Fake News, and What Can Be Done About It?
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  • Fake news can be deadly. During the pandemic, false information about causes, spread, and cures related to COVID-19 have shaped actions, at both individual and institutional levels. In places like India, scores of innocent people have been lynched by vigilante mobs after false rumors of child kidnappings and organ harvesting spread in the form of doctored videos shared via the WhatsApp encrypted message system. Dr. S. Shyam Sundar, with funding from WhatsApp and the National Science Foundation, has been investigating the psychology of our susceptibility to online misinformation and working on solutions to address this scourge of modern media.

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