Combating Fake News is Key to Climate Action

Combating Fake News is Key to Climate Action

This week a new report found that the future success of climate change policy is threatened by targeted attacks from social media. At the same time big tech CEOs were questioned by members of Congress for five hours on how their platforms have allowed extremism and misinformation to proliferate. There seem to be no good answers […]

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New Report Finds Online “Fake News” is a Major Threat to Climate Action

New Report Finds Online “Fake News” is a Major Threat to Climate Action

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new report published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science found that the future success of climate change policy is threatened by targeted attacks from social media. “Social media reports have created a toxic environment where it’s now very difficult to distinguish facts from fiction,” said co-author Owen Gaffney of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.  […]

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Facebook Vows to Counter Climate Disinformation, Will It Work?

Facebook Vows to Counter Climate Disinformation, Will It Work?

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Facebook has announced that it will be adding a new section to its platform to debunk and fact-check myths about climate change. The new climate information “hub” will be developed in collaboration with climate experts from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and the University of Cambridge. Despite […]

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EPA Joins Conservative Social Media Platform Parler

EPA Joins Conservative Social Media Platform Parler

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined Parler, a conservative social media app that claims to promote and protect “freedom of speech.” Since the app’s launch in 2018, it has garnered notoriety for its policy of not fact-checking or censoring content on its platform, placing itself in opposition […]

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Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]

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Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.” NPR’s All Things Considered further explained that “Users in the U.S., […]

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