Fighting 'Fake News' Ahead of the Election

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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Over the past three years, the precipitous rise of ‘fake news’ online has become one of the biggest challenges for democracies around the world. Academics, political experts, and journalists warn that the easy spread of misinformation affects public debate and drives polarization in our societies.

So how can we protect ourselves from ‘fake news’? Is the government doing enough, or has this become too big of a problem? What about the responsibilities of the social media platforms that amplify misinformation? Most important, how can we ensure that in the run-up to the October federal election, Canadian citizens don’t fall prey to misinformation as they make up their minds on who to vote for?

Come to a special evening of discussions on what to do about ‘fake news’:

First, you’ll get to hear a conversation about the science of fake news with Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, the Canadian YouTubers responsible for wildly popular AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube science channel with over 8 million subscribers.

Then, we'll present a discussion with Kaleigh Rogers from CBC News and Jane Lytvynenko from BuzzFeed News, experts on how misinformation is spreading in Canada. Moderated by Farah Nasser, from Global News.

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TPL is excited to partner with the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) on this event. Come learn about the rollout of CJF’s NewsWise 2.0, the second phase of their news literacy initiative.

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This event is part of our #OnCivilSociety series, where we host events on democracy, equality, urbanism, security, wellness, resilience, the media, and more.

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Please don't print your tickets! We're trying to reduce paper waste for events in the Appel Salon, so please don't bother printing your ticket. We'll either scan your ticket on your smartphone or quickly find your name on our tablets and check you in.

Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7pm, but doors open at 6pm, so come early so you can chat with some of your fellow citizens, and make new friends. As with all events in the Appel Salon, we'll have a full bar with a selection of beers, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Canada

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