How Fake News Affects U.S. Elections

How Fake News Affects U.S. Elections

“Fake news absolutely influences our attitudes, our beliefs, and we also know that that can influence our actual behavior,” says UCF Associate Lecturer of Psychology Chrysalis Wright. The term “fake news” has become so ubiquitous in our society that it’s even become a punchline. But the threat is very real — with real consequences — which is why UCF Associate Lecturer of Psychology Chrysalis Wright dedicates her days to studying it. Wright is an expert on fake news and online disinformation who serves as the founding director of UCF’s Media and Migration Lab , which identifies and develops methods for fighting fake news . She was recently appointed to the board of directors for the United Nation’s Communications Coordination Committee, which aims to improve communications across cultures globally. “The more we do research on the impact of fake news, the more we can see how it’s impacting society as a whole,” Wright says. “We tend to think that our opinions, attitudes and beliefs are our own, but that’s not 100 percent correct because we’re influenced by what we see. Fake news absolutely influences our attitudes, our beliefs, and we also know that that can influence our actual behavior.” Here, she explains what we need to be aware of and the impact of fake news on the upcoming election. How has fake news and disinformation affected our elections? When the 2016 election was approaching, what we encountered was foreign entities infiltrating our social media. We know at this point that […]

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