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Fake News: The Role of Confirmation Bias in a Post-truth World

Organised on 14 June by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the event focused on the issue of fake news and the role confirmation bias plays in how we interpret news and information.

Fake news comes in many facets, and is fast becoming a ‘democratic problem’.

Dealing with this at an individual level, critical thinking is important, as users should be able to rebut false information.

As a society, a combination of factors can help address the negative implications of fake news: transparency by Internet companies, education and awareness raising, and adding warnings to sponsored content.