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.

Video game clips and old videos are flooding social media about Israel and Gaza
"This is propaganda 101. You flood the gap, especially in those early hours, with content that suggests a certain narrative," said one observer.
What happens when thousands of hackers try to break AI chatbots
In a Jeopardy-style game at the annual Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas, hackers tried to get chatbots from OpenAI, Google and Meta to create misinformation and share harmful content.
Violent threats against public officials are rising. Here's why
A Utah man was killed by federal agents this week after making violent threats against President Biden and other officials. Experts worry that heated political rhetoric is leading to more threats.
U.S. is barred from combating disinformation on social media. Here's what it means
Under a judge's new ruling, much of the federal government is now barred from working with social media companies to address removing any content that might contain "protected free speech."
Fake viral images of an explosion at the Pentagon were probably created by AI
Authorities quickly confirmed that no explosion had taken place but the faked images spread on Twitter for a short time. The incident briefly sent the stock market lower.
People are trying to claim real videos are deepfakes. The courts are not amused
The unleashing of powerful, generative AI on the public is raising concerns that as the technology becomes more prevalent, it will become easier to claim that anything is fake.
As the pandemic winds down, anti-vaccine activists are building a legal network
They're aiming to bring together lawyers who have brought COVID-19 and vaccine-related cases to court with experts and build a body of law to combat future public health orders.
From 4chan to international politics, a bug-eating conspiracy theory goes mainstream
The conspiracy theory alleges that a shadowy global elite conspires to control the world's population, in part by forcing them to eat insects. It's being cited by politicians in several countries.
An activist group is spreading misinformation to stop solar projects in rural America
An NPR/Floodlight investigation found that a longtime Republican insider is stoking solar opposition by spreading bad information about health and environmental risks. Her influence is growing.
She was a popular yoga guru. Then she embraced QAnon conspiracy theories
Themes like everything is connected, nothing happens without a purpose, and nothing is what it seems are central to both yoga philosophy and conspiratorial thinking.