Fake News, Disinformation and Media Manipulation:
How to Defend Against Them 

Walt Handelsman: BREAKING!

Walt Handelsman - The Advocate, 2017

Welcome to the LSU Manship School's Resource Guide to Fake News

Fake news, or purposely false stories masquerading as news, have infected American information flows for years. What is the source of the problem?  What threat does it pose to our democracy? What can be done about it during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We cannot answer all those questions but this guide is a curated collection of the leading research, tips and news reports on fake news, deep fake videos and the threats posed to our nation's information flows and elections.

Dr. Miorin preparing samples for testing at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Researchers in New York and Paris are beginning to test drug candidates identified with the help of a new “map” of viral proteins.Credit...Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that has spread across the world, prompting mass anxiety and large-scale quarantines.

Fake news and misinformation can flourish in times of great anxiety and uncertainty.

For official information on the coronavirus, and tips on how to control its spread, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

To learn about how misinformation and rumors can spread, please visit resources on rumors and misinformation.

To learn about coronavirus-related misinformation, visit COVID-19 page


Are you getting faked out?

Take the News Literacy Project's quiz on misinformation in the time of COVID-19, and see if you can tell fact from fiction.

"Deepfakes" and Democracy

See Boston University Law Prof. Danielle Citron's TED Talk on how deepfake videos undermine truth and threaten democracy and privacy. To learn more about what deepfakes are and the threat they pose, check out our deepfake resources.

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