Chatbots can Teach us to Detect Fake News during Covid

Jacky Visser, Elena Musi

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Jacky Visser of Dundee University’s Argumentation Lab and his colleague in research, Elena Musi of Liverpool University’s Linguistic program, employ robots to build programs to teach high school and university students how to recognize the various types of false reasoning in misinformation (unintentional), disinformation (intentional) and fake news or deep fakes (manipulated videos). They discuss the challenges of detecting falsehoods with unmediated social media and news sources. Distinguishing between fact and fiction is critically important, particularly in COVID time when our trust in medical research, educational institutions, and political leaders is being eroded by online manipulation of messages that affect our opinions about voting, getting vaccinated, and taking seriously such non-pharmaceutical interventions as social distancing and mask wearing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOutsmarting the Next Pandemic
Subtitle of host publicationWhat COVID-19 Can Teach Us
EditorsElizabeth Anne Kirley, Deborah Porter
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003215769
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021


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