Fighting disinformation: Can You Believe It?

Can You Believe It? is an initiative dedicated to uncovering how disinformation reaches consumers and providing tools to help our audience fight its spread. Are you seeing disinformation in your social media feeds? Share with us by emailing tell@mpr.org.

Bogus story of an immigration raid brings chaos to Hmong market
Hmong community leaders are scrambling to set the record straight after an online post falsely claimed that federal immigration agents had arrested hundreds of people at a popular St. Paul market. Its posting set off a frenzy, playing on the fears of a very real proposal by the Trump administration to deport some Hmong and Lao immigrants.
Online misinformation fuels doubt as 2020 vote kicks off
The state's Republican secretary of state has criticized a conservative group for using old statistics and bad math to make a false claim about voter fraud. Some supporters of Democrat Bernie Sanders have taken to social media to spread unfounded speculation that the caucus would be rigged to ensure Sanders loses.
U of M doctor battles virus misinformation online
Social media platforms including TikTok, Facebook and Twitter are acting to remove the false content, but experts expect it to continue as the virus spreads, and as uncertainty about it remains.
1 simple step could help election security. Governments aren't doing it
Local governments could perform a simple upgrade to make it clear to voters that they are reading from a legitimate source. But on the whole, they aren't doing it.
New polling from NPR shows that Americans find misleading information the biggest threat to election safety. How can voters be prepared to detect misinformation ahead of the election?
How to educate young people about information, news literacy
In a recent study of college students, almost half of those polled said they aren’t confident in how to tell the difference between real and fake news on social media platforms. We turned to two experts to understand how we interact with information today, the challenges different generations face when it comes to issues like disinformation and tools to help.
NPR poll: Majority of Americans believe Trump encourages election interference
More than 40 percent believe the U.S. is not very prepared to keep this year's election safe. The results paint a picture of a polarized electorate wary about what it reads and the fairness of elections.
Rumors, misinformation lurked as Minnesota county rejected refugees
Beltrami County attracted national attention when commissioners voted against refugee resettlement last week. Ahead of the vote, false information about resettlement circulated on social media, in text messages and in flyers mailed to some county residents.
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