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Why Is Fake News Rampant on the Internet?

Why Is Fake News Rampant on the Internet?

In the new episode of "Tonspur Wissen - dem Wissens-Podcast von Rheinischer Post und Leibniz-Gemeinschaft" [Tonspur Wissen - the Knowledge Podcast by Rheinischer Post and the Leibniz Association], Jan-Hinrik Schmidt answers questions from Ursula Weidenfeld.

Lying, cheating, manipulating. Those who inform themselves exclusively in their favourite social media networks probably don't even get half the truth in the end.

Liars use the internet to spread their version of the war in Ukraine. Hostile governments spread untruths to confuse their opponents, intimidate people, or stir up hatred of refugees.

What is the truth, what is a lie? How do you tell the difference? Who do you better not talk to on social media? Which providers can you recommend to your children with a clear conscience, and which to your own parents?

These are the questions we asked Jan-Hinrik Schmidt. He is an expert on interactive social media and political communication at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg.

[28 March 2022]


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