Fake News with Professor Tobias Hopp

  • 17 Feb 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • 18 Feb 2021
  • 6:15 PM
  • Online

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Fake news. We heard this assertion repeatedly from our former President for years, and the whole world witnessed just how dangerous propagating false narratives can be on January 6.

DWBC welcomes Toby Hopp, Assistant Professor of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design at University of Colorado to our program. Toby has researched the weaponization of social media platforms and the resulting threats to democracy. He has studied who shares fake news, what makes people click on it, and what we can do about it.

Lesley Smith, Vice Chair CU Board of Regents, will also join us for a brief update on 2021 priorities for the University of Colorado.

“We have found that certain types of people are disproportionately responsible for sharing false, misleading and hyper-partisan information on social media,” said Hopp. “If we can identify those types of users, maybe we can get a grasp on why people do this and design interventions to stem the tide.”

After the presentations we will break-out into small groups so we can discuss what we've just heard, and have a chance to socialize!

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