How to Save Ourselves From Disinformation, a Times Event

The comedian Sarah Silverman and The Times’s Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel and Davey Alba explored how disinformation spreads, and how we can fight back.


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You’ve seen it. That meme that seems just too good to be true. That outlandish story your family member prefaced with, “Can you believe he said that?” followed by a video link of unknown origin and vintage.

We are in an era of misinformation — and even disinformation, when someone intentionally disseminates false or misleading information. And while there are some bad actors, also important are social and psychological forces that lead people to spread and fall for false information in the first place.

Sarah Silverman, comedian and host of the Sarah Silverman Podcast, and Times reporters Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel and Davey Alba untangled the roots of disinformation, and the effects it has on our world.

We heard from people who emerged from radicalization, including Caolan Robertson and Caleb Cain, who was profiled in the recent Times podcast “Rabbit Hole.” And we analyzed how a few brave readers interact with news on social media — with help from David Rand, a professor of management and cognitive science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Join us for our next subscriber event, June 10, with Michael Barbaro and “The Daily” team as they celebrate the students and teachers who have finished a year like no other.

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