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False News and Disinformation

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Journalists of the Americas use collaboration as a weapon against disinformation

The 'Disarming Disinformation' series of master classes was held on Nov. 17 and 18. Craig Silverman (Propublica), Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de S. Paulo), Claire Wardle (Brown University), and Giannina Segnini (Columbia University) made up the 'dream team' of instructors. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the classes and presents a summary of the most important points discussed.

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Fake News bill gets stuck in Brazilian Congress and it’s unlikely to be voted on before the elections; remuneration proposal for journalistic organizations is a sensitive topic

Among other measures to curb the spread of fake news, the bill stipulates the remuneration of journalistic organizations by large technology platforms. Proposal divides Brazilian journalists.

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Latin American fact-checkers join petition for YouTube to take effective measures against disinformation

80 independent fact-checking organizations around the world, including 11 from Latin America, published an open letter to the CEO of YouTube urging the platform to take effective action against disinformation and misinformation.

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Collaboration, technology and proximity to the public are weapons of Latin American journalists to fight disinformation

Betting on collaborative journalism, re-establishing a connection with the public, and incorporating the use of technology are among the effective measures presented by the panelists of “How journalism has reacted to waves of disinformation,” from the webinar “Journalism in Times of Polarization and Disinformation in Latin America."

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Reverso builds a culture of accountability ahead of Argentina’s midterm elections

Speed and reach are the cornerstones of the second iteration of Reverso — a collaboration of Argentinian media organizations fighting election misinformation organized by fact-checking organization Chequeado.

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Infotrición brings the work of 15 fact-checking organizations to readers’ Internet browsers in attempt to debunk disinformation

For years, a virus has been spreading on the Internet and it seems to be increasingly contagious: false information. It does not matter if the context is a presidential campaign, social crisis or catastrophe, disinformation aims to spread. Social media, messaging services, and the web in general are plagued with false news. Over the last […]

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Peruvian community radio stations struggle to combat disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines among Indigenous peoples in remote regions

LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) spoke with six journalists from community radio stations in the Peruvian Amazon that have been working to combat disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Argentine research shows that fact-checking is effective to decrease amplification of false news

Fact-checking has little capacity to impact people's opinions, but increases the cost of disseminating, on the internet, something that has already been categorized as false.

Oito jornais brasileiros publicam informe publicitário com informações falsas sobre o tratamento da COVID-19. Arte: Jeff Nascimento (@jnascim)

Brazilian newspapers under pressure for publishing ad that promotes unproven COVID-19 treatments

At least eight Brazilian newspapers published an advertorial in which an obscure association of doctors defends the adoption of a so-called 'early treatment' of COVID-19, whose benefit is not scientifically proven. The decision of the newspaper companies to open space, albeit an advertising one, for the transmission of false information about the pandemic generated criticism.

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Digital hub aims to unite stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean in fight against disinformation around COVID-19

The overwhelming amount of information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the equally staggering levels of false information, led UNESCO and fact-checkers in Latin America and the Caribbean to create a digital hub to combat disinformation.