Are Social Bots and Fake News threatening our democracy? The Propstop-Team provides research on the dangers of misinformation in the newest POLITIKUM edition. 0

Are Social Bots and Fake News threatening our democracy? The Propstop-Team provides research on the dangers of misinformation in the newest POLITIKUM edition.

The POLITIKUM edition ‘smart democracy’ discusses democracy in the times of digitalization – supported by the Propstop-Team members Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, Dr. Lena Frischlich, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt and Svenja Boberg.

The article focuses on the question of how great the threat of social bots and fake news really is. The researchers noted that the perceived credibility of fake news is determined by the number of Accounts who shared the message. Social Bots could therefore positively influence the credibility of fake news. The fear around a current wide-ranging impact on the German public and its formation of opinion was, however, dismissed by the researchers. While groups, who have little trust in traditional media and who are turning to alternative media, often perceive fake news as highly credible, the general public does not. A direct influence on the german election seems consequently unlikely.

Although the present impact of social bots and fake news shouldn’t be overestimated, a potential for a societal impact remains. The team of researchers therefore propose a mix of debunking fake news and promote media competence to combat political social bots and fake news.

The complete article is available here.

 

 

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Who’s lying on the net? From bots, trolls and other actors – panel discussion with Mike Preuß 0

Who’s lying on the net? From bots, trolls and other actors – panel discussion with Mike Preuß

In order to be able to move safely through the Internet, knowledge of the technical possibilities of manipulation is crucial. Above all, the targeted influencing of discourses and opinions has become a major topic. Terms such as “fake news”,”filter bubbles”,”social bots” and “big data” characterize the debate about digital communication.

Dr. Mike Preuß spoke at the panel discussion “Wer lügt im Netz? – Von Bots, Trollen und anderen Akteuren” in the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften about the detection of propaganda attacks on social media.

A recording of the panel discussion can be found online on the web pages of the science portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (link in German).

Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich 0

Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich

The Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in cooperation with Transparency International held a Panel-Discussion on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 on the topic of „opinions. media. manipulation.“ as part of the „Anti-Corruption-Day“.

In a time where social bots and „fake news“ and their influence on political elections are frequently discussed, this evening focused on the question: Is this a new and dangerous dimension of power corruptibility and manipulation?

Dr. Lena Frischlich was invited as an expert on the ecosystem of alternative media.

Other experts included Lisa-Maria Neudert (Oxford Internet Institute), Dr. Thomas Köcher (Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen) and Dr. Frank Schulte (Editor„buten und binnen“ Radio Bremen). These presented their research on the potential of manipulation through the internet, the relevance of fake news for opinion-forming and potential counter-strategies.

Here you can find the press release of Transparency International.

 

 

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