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  • Writer's pictureStewart Yarlett

Responding to Online Misinformation & Polarisation

CFCF - Professional Practitioner Seminar

3rd November 2022

With so many sources of information online, it has become difficult to make sense of what content is based on fact, half-truths or lies. The use of digital platforms to share things we believe to be true when they may not be can have a powerful ripple effect, influencing others to see them as facts.

The spread of misinformation related to distinct narratives––conspiracy theories and scientific news––generates polarized communities (i.e., echo chambers) having similar information consumption patterns.

In this manner, the drastic advancement in digital and communication technologies have exacerbated catalyzation and diffusion of disinformation, extremist content and hate speech, feeding into both polarisation and radicalisation.

Therefore, CFCF decided to hold a Professional Practitioner Discuss event to pool and share our knowledge, so that our network can gain a better understanding of this problem and take steps towards developing best practice to deal with it.

The event is designed as a peer discussion between professional practitioners, but the discussion was initiated and framed by presentations from our three panellists:

Zahed Amanullah, Resident Senior Fellow, Networks & Outreach, Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Sgt. Darren Coventry-Howlett, Safe Haven' Interfaith Hate & Extremism Response Project Lead.

Pat Davey, Community Security Trust.

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