Recognizing Your Role in Amplifying Disinformation

We all play a role in spreading disinformation online and offline, so we all need to learn how to recognize it and prevent its amplification.

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In this module, we cover ways that we, as communicators, and just social media users in general, can help prevent the spread of disinformation.

As Brittany Todd and Nora Benavidez point out on Disinformed, this is not just a tech problem; it’s also a human problem. And simplifying the problem to a free-speech argument is dangerous. As communicators, we have to address racism, white supremacy and misogyny, and one important way of doing that is making sure we aren’t giving dangerous content air before it’s required. Todd and Benavidez note that Twitter’s prompt during the 2020 election asking if users had read an article before they retweet it is a good first step. But we all need to be more cognizant of our role in spreading disinformation and the underlying narrative we may help spread. Read more about the harmful narratives and frames at the root of a lot of disinformation.