Environmentalists like to say “every day is Earth Day,” to remind us that the stewardship of our natural resources is a never-ending process. In that spirit, I offer a friendly reminder that, in the age of the internet, every day is April Fools’ Day. We all have an ongoing responsibility to be aware of the
Identify and stop the lies. NLshop/iStock via Getty Images Plus H. Colleen Sinclair, Mississippi State University The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at
Search engines often serve up a distorting blend of information and misinformation. Crispin la valiente/Moment via Getty Images, CC BY-ND Chirag Shah, University of Washington Search engines are one of society’s primary gateways to information and people, but they are also conduits for misinformation. Similar to problematic social media algorithms, search engines learn to serve
Remember that old Eagles’ song about not being able to hide your lying eyes? If a songwriter wrote that one today, in the middle of the information war raging across the internet, those eyes that are lying may not be eyes at all. They may be part of a synthetically manufactured video, one that some
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. While there are different ways a democracy can practice vigilance — from citizens voting, to protesting injustices, to fostering civil society — press freedom may be the most integral. A free and vibrant media provides an entry point and platform for citizens to stay informed, engage in their
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: __ CLAIM: There is no coin shortage. Coins get recirculated, they don’t just disappear.