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Recent Misinformation Researches

Mehmet Safak Sari
Mehmet Safak Sari
In recent years, I have been working on fact-checking and misinformation. I hope that I will also be in academic work in the future. So I’ve been collecting and reading articles.
Shorenstein Center‘s Misinformation Review is a great resource where studies on the field are published actively and up to date. Below are the articles which I want to share with you that caught my attention recently.  

The authors of this essay demonstrate how, in an effort to protect the privacy of their users, alterations made by companies like Facebook to large-scale datasets can substantially affect conclusions drawn from that data by academic researchers and data journalists.
Research note: Examining potential bias in large-scale censored data | HKS Misinformation Review
In this review of the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) introduced in 2020, the author of this essay argues that measures to combat disinformation within EDAP fall short and fail to address critical issues such as the regulation of harmful but lawful content. 
Self-regulation 2:0? A critical reflection of the European fight against disinformation | HKS Misinformation Review
In order to explore how ordinary users evaluate fake or manipulated images (and the most effective ways to label and correct such falsities), the authors of this study designed a visual forensic label of image authenticity and tested the label’s efficacy in an experiment with 2440 participants. 
Research note: This photograph has been altered: Testing the effectiveness of image forensic labeling on news image credibility | HKS Misinformation Review
The authors of this paper demonstrate how source alerts, including fact-check corrections and warnings of possible falsity, attached to pseudonymous posts on social media can reduce the likelihood that users will believe and share disinformation produced by foreign governments.
Source alerts can reduce the harms of foreign disinformation | HKS Misinformation Review
With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic came a flood of novel misinformation. The authors of this essay examine how the world’s fact-checking organizations met the moment by scaling up their capacity to combat coronavirus-related misinformation, and explore the effect this activity has on user engagement with fact-checking content. 
How COVID drove the evolution of fact-checking | HKS Misinformation Review
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Mehmet Safak Sari
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