Social Media & the Spread of Fake News

When: 18th Oct 2017, 19:00 - 18th Oct 2017, 21:00
Where: Inspire Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
Town/City: Poole
Organiser: BCS Dorset Branch
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Post-truth is the Oxford Dictionary word of 2016, inextricably associated with recent elections in the UK and US. These same events also introduced the notion of fake news into public consciousness.

Dr Lilleker's talk will define the variants that constitute fake news while also outlining how the architecture of social media, as well as the patterns of user behaviour, can lead to increased exposure to the sort of content that is associated with the post-truth era. In particular discussion will focus on the dangerous combination of user created filter bubbles and echo chambers which align with platform algorithms designed to deliver relevant content, all of which can lead to the formation and reinforcement of erroneous beliefs that can have significant social and political impact. The talk will move on to discuss the role media education can play in combatting the spread of fake news as well as the responsibility of social media platform owners in ensuring the content users are exposed to has at a minimum a health warning attached.