Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi
The Fake News Hunters is a collaborative program aiming to monitor misinformation on social media. The most visible topics of misinformation, according to the research, are the anti-vaccination movement and “new world order”. Trends are changing over time, for example they moved from the US Elections to the religious events with restrictions. Due to the new measures implemented across the world in order to fight the pandemic, the misinformation networks were spread more and more easily online. Main characteristics that drive misinformation were the nationalism, conspiracy tendencies and conservative ideology. Another interesting thing is the profile typologies of misinformation influencers.
Some of these influencers are more nationalistic or religious. These combinations through the time change and we actually see how this is mixed. In countries there are some particular misinformation topics or narratives but there are more common points. We have use these bases to connection to the US State department, for several debunking articles, conducting one report for the European commission, learning experience for tens of students and for several academic papers to be published.
The 5th Thessaloniki International Summer Academy on Media is organized by School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh), Jean Monet of European Union Public Diplomacy along with other partners under the title: “New trends in Media and Journalism: Turning crisis into opportunity”.
Special emphasis is given on the topics:
1. Disinformation, Science Journalism / News Literacy
2. Crisis Communication
3. New business models in Media Organisations