Lectures

Lecture 8

Social Media for Combatting Disinformation in the Time of Corona

US, Canada
Abstract:

In the digital age, social media plays a pivotal role not only for connecting people but also for providing information. Unfortunately, in the flood of information like nowadays, in the time of corona, social media becomes source of disinformation. Such misleading information is not only danger in bringing information disorder, but it also influences the physical and mental condition of the society. Disinformation on pandemic, according to WHO, is as danger as pandemic itself.

To combat this disinformation, there are various actors namely government, civil society and communities, universities, digital platform and media that work independently and collaboratively. They conducted various programs on digital literacy, fact-checking, and law enforcement.

In the time of corona, social media becomes a course of information contestation between disinformation and credible information. While, disinformation not only harms people but also affects pandemic handling. Therefore, social media users, both individual and organization, need to use social media effectively for combatting disinformation especially in providing credible information, education, publication, social campaign, and public communication.

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