Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

The Covid-19 “infodemic” has laid bare how vulnerable the United States is to disinformation. The country is less than five months away from the 2020 presidential election, and by the thousands, Americans are buying into conspiracy theories about vaccines containing microchips and wondering about the healing powers of hair dryers. Where does all this come…

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How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

Fake, manipulated, and misattributed photos and videos have flooded social media feeds since the advent of social media itself. During times of crisis and political polarization, it only gets worse, as phony images spread like urban legends, propping up fringe conspiracy theories and mainstream political propaganda alike. Examples are endless, and constantly refreshed. Slowing down…

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The Therapist Is In—and It’s a Chatbot App

The Therapist Is In—and It’s a Chatbot App

A deadly new virus circling the globe makes many people more anxious. The pandemic’s psychological toll can be particularly weighty for people with an existing mental health condition. One 25-year-old on the US East Coast seeing a therapist for help with anxiety found additional support from an unexpected source: a chatbot.“Therapy twice a month was…

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