Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 401
The terms ‘post-truth’, ‘post-factual’, and ‘fake news’ have become increasingly prevalent in public discourse following the British referendum and decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as a president of the United States in 2016. This panel presents papers examining the profound changes in the role of truth, facts, and expertise in political communication. How do people perceive the effects of fake news on voters’ decisions? Is it fake or true? How do people detect potentially misleading content? How can we counter the spread of disinformation? What is the role of emotions in the spread of fake news online? And lastly, how do we investigate constant contestation of the truth between political actors in public discourse?