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Opening Presentation

by Vira Gryaznova, Dec 19, 2021

Course Title

Fake News Danger: Be a Rescuer


Vira Gryaznova

Executive Summary

The flow of information largely determines the realities of our world and increases continuously. Ordinary users of social networks can also become a source of information, at least for their environment. Given the latter, the problem of ignorant sharing of fake news by users in social networks is undeniable since media literacy is still not as widespread as access to the Internet.

The purpose of this course is to increase the level of recognition of fake news by its participants, giving them an understanding of the basic fake news signs and explaining to them some cognitive biases and psychological mechanisms being used to spread such messages. Another point covered by the course is the importance of proper evaluation of the worth of user data, which can be collected through interactions with seemingly innocent messages and then used to further users' segmentation and targeted spread of fake news.

It is assumed that the result of this course should be a change of the participant's behavior in social networks (namely, ignoring various "unhealthy" messages, like fakes or financial and data scams), and ideally also further dissemination of knowledge gained by them during the course. Thus, the network of resistance to the spread of fake news will be able to expand.

Target Audience

Adults / young adults who are using social media platforms and want to become more literate on the fake news problem.

Course Goal

The main goal of this course is to change the behavior of participants on social networks to a more conscious one, thus reducing to some extent the level of fake news spreading.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to recognize typical cases of fake news and fraud messages in social media and distinguish them from veritable news and trustworthy messages.

Video Presentation

The voiceover was recorded in Adobe Audition, the video was made in Adobe Premiere Pro.


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