How to defend against fake news

ASU's Scott Ruston studies how narratives are weaponized into disinformation — and how we can safeguard against it


There's an insidious threat that seeks to divide the nation and undermine our faith in democracy — disinformation. Often called fake news today, disinformation is the spread of false information with the willful intent to deceive.

Scott Ruston, a research scientist with the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, studies why disinformation is believable and how it spreads. In the latest ASU KEDtalk here, he offers tips on how to identify and defend yourself against fake news.

Video by Knowledge Enterprise

Ruston's talk is part of the ASU KEDtalks series. Short for Knowledge Enterprise Development talks, KEDtalks aim to spark ideas, indulge curiosity and inspire action by highlighting ASU scientists, humanists, social scientists and artists who are driven to find solutions to the universe’s grandest challenges.

Tune in to research.asu.edu/kedtalks to discover how researchers are attacking locust plagues, why baby steps are not the best way to achieve change and more.

Top photo by Andy DeLisle/ASU

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