With QAnon and conspiracy theories impacting mainstream discourse, tech companies are having to take greater control of what’s published on their platforms. Increasingly active on social media, American Boomers are caught up in the misinformation wars - but what draws them to fake news?
Renée DiResta is the technical research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory. Her work investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks and she assists policymakers in devising responses to the problem, including Congress and the State Department. Renee is also an Ideas Contributor for Wired and has had her research published in the New York Times,The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, and many more.
Joseph Uscinski is a professor of political science at the University of Miami. He studies public opinion and mass media, with a focus on conspiracy theories, misinformation, and disinformation. Uscinski is the co-author of American Conspiracy Theories, widely considered the seminal study of conspiracy theories, and author of Conspiracy Theories: A Primer, the first textbook on the topic. His essays have appeared in numerous outlets including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Reason, and Politico.
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