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Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology in Society, University of Cambridge

2024-02-15 15:58:50

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Summary

The article discusses the increasing threat of misinformation and disinformation on democratic elections, citing evidence that such false and misleading content can have a significant impact on election outcomes. It also examines the concept of “prebunking” as a way to prevent false beliefs from forming in the first place, and how it has been effective in empowering individuals to spot and resist misinformation.

Key Themes

Misinformation: False and misleading content that can impact election outcomes and erode public trust in democratic processes.
Prebunking: A proactive approach aimed at preventing false beliefs from forming in the first place, using education and awareness to empower individuals to recognize and resist misinformation.
Impact of misinformation: Evidence that misinformation can influence decision-making, voting intentions, and public trust, as well as the importance of developing “mental immunity” to combat disinformation.

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