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Horacio Larreguy Arbesu (Harvard University) gives a talk on 'Can misinformation training and regular viral news and fact-checks provision to journalists help to counter misinformation? Evidence from Bolivia' in the Departmental Seminar Series

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  • Wed 10 Feb 2021 17.00 - 18.15
  Add to Calendar 2021-02-10 17:00 2021-02-10 18:15 Europe/Paris Horacio Larreguy Arbesu (Harvard University) gives a talk on 'Can misinformation training and regular viral news and fact-checks provision to journalists help to counter misinformation? Evidence from Bolivia' in the Departmental Seminar Series

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Can misinformation training and regular viral news and fact-checks provision to journalists help to counter misinformation? Evidence from Bolivia

Antonella Bandiera Department of Political Science, ITAM.

Camila Blanes, Department of Economics and Political Science, ITAM.

Horacio Larreguy, Department of Government, Harvard University

John Marshall, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. 

Daniela Pinto Veizaga, Data Science Program and Department of Economics, ITAM

Abstract

There is widespread misinformation and disinformation, especially in the Global South. This has largely been fueled by social media, which has become a central source of information for individuals in such contexts. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an unprecedented political crisis, Bolivian citizens have been subject to increasing misinformation and disinformation. In this project, we partnered with an international NGO to randomly evaluate if training of journalists on misinformation and disinformation, as well as the provision of regular updates on fact-checks and viral content, can reduce misinformation and disinformation in the news articles they produce and the posts they share on social media. We have scraped all journalistic content of the media outlets where the journalists in our sample work, as well as the content they share in social media. We further developed machine learning models and novel training data sets to be able to assess whether a given news article or post is fake and journalistic quality. We complement these novel measures with ongoing journalist and citizen surveys.

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  Outside EUI premises - via Zoom

SPS DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES

Internal event only

Can misinformation training and regular viral news and fact-checks provision to journalists help to counter misinformation? Evidence from Bolivia

Antonella Bandiera Department of Political Science, ITAM.

Camila Blanes, Department of Economics and Political Science, ITAM.

Horacio Larreguy, Department of Government, Harvard University

John Marshall, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. 

Daniela Pinto Veizaga, Data Science Program and Department of Economics, ITAM

Abstract

There is widespread misinformation and disinformation, especially in the Global South. This has largely been fueled by social media, which has become a central source of information for individuals in such contexts. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an unprecedented political crisis, Bolivian citizens have been subject to increasing misinformation and disinformation. In this project, we partnered with an international NGO to randomly evaluate if training of journalists on misinformation and disinformation, as well as the provision of regular updates on fact-checks and viral content, can reduce misinformation and disinformation in the news articles they produce and the posts they share on social media. We have scraped all journalistic content of the media outlets where the journalists in our sample work, as well as the content they share in social media. We further developed machine learning models and novel training data sets to be able to assess whether a given news article or post is fake and journalistic quality. We complement these novel measures with ongoing journalist and citizen surveys.


Location:
Outside EUI premises - via Zoom

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar series

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Miriam Golden (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Horacio Larreguy Arbesu (Harvard University)

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