How media literacy contributes to the suppression of COVID-19 related disinformation

While just a few years ago we used social networks to chat, like and look at cats, today they threaten the democratic order and our health - all because of the explosive spread of disinformation. Disinformation has become viral, finding itself at the top of recommended content, which is why all users are exposed to its effect.

The potential of social networks for the spread of disinformation is important not only in terms of direct influence on human behavior, but also in terms of endangering the foundations of the democratic system. The fundamental premise of democracy is the possibility of citizens making an informed decision, with the pre-requirement being the availability of verified and accurate information. And in the time where the line between true and false facts keeps blurring, and where the public sphere is becoming more and more polluted with disinformation, the very assumption of democracy is called into question.

Why is fake news so tempting, why is it so easily for them to enter and stay in our heads, and how can we resist them - find out in our video!

The conference is organized as part of the multidisciplinary project “Pro-fact: Research, education, fact-check and debunk COVID-19 related disinformation narratives in Croatia“, led by Gong. Through research, awareness raising and capacity building, the project comprehensively approaches the social, political and health problem of the dissemination of COVID-19 disinformation campaigns, together with our partners: Faculty of Political Science in ZagrebUniversity of DubrovnikFaktograf.hrFaculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and Croatian Journalists Society (HND) and the Croatian Journalists’ Union (SNH).

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