Local Misinformation, Small Town Populists, and Platform Politics

Monday, October 25, 2021, 4:00 pm, Zoom.

Professor Nikki Usher will lecture about the challenges of fighting misinformation about COVID-19 on a local level using research from the PPLN-IL (Platforms, Politics, and Local News in Illinois) project. Professor Usher will specifically highlight the increasing amount of local politicians who use social media to weaponize political issues as a way to boost their careers, as well as how big tech is concerned about profit instead of democracy. More information about the event, such as Zoom registration, can be found here.

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