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Disinfodemic? 16 Months of Relentless Fact-Checking in India

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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In conversation with Karen Rebelo of BOOM Live, Surabhi Malik of Internews and Shalini Joshi of Meedan.

The past 16 months have been relentless for journalists and fact-checkers in India. From the Pulwama attack in February 2019 to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, misinformation has taken the public discourse by storm.

Some of the key events, which witnessed an unprecedented spike in mis/disinformation between these events were – General elections 2019, abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, student protests across India, Ayodhya temple verdict, anti-CAA protestsDelhi violence etc.

This constant stream of misinformation on various social media platforms – like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – has also put the focus on these tech giants to combat fake news and to ensure verified information reaches its users.

To discuss some of the work that fact-checkers in India have been doing, we will be joined by Karen Rebelo, deputy editor of BOOM LiveSurabhi Malik, program director, India at Internews and Shalini Joshi, program director at Meedan, on 23 July at 4 pm.

We will also be discussing the challenges faced by them, how misinformation spreads, how to counter it and how fake news can impact ones mental health. To join the conversation, click here and become a member of The Quint.

Disinfodemic? 16 Months of Relentless Fact-Checking in India

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Online