Research Nugget

How to fight fake news disinformation and misinformation

Knowledge in media and information literacy can help people to combat inaccurate information encountered in daily life.

This is according to a NRF-funded study, conducted by Dr Theodora Dame Adjin-Tettey from Rhodes University and Dr Keith M Johnston from the University of East Anglia, which found that fact-checking is a crucial skill that information and media consumers require to be able to identify and fight misinformation, disinformation and even malinformation.

Media and information literacy generates awareness of the implications of being channels of misinformation and enables information consumers to make informed judgements about quality information and exercising caution about deciphering the authenticity of information before sharing.

Mandatory skills required to combat disinformation and misinformation include:

The study recommends that digital and mainstream media stakeholders must both develop their skills in fake news, misinformation and disinformation detection as well as arm their users and audiences with the same.

The full paper has been published in the January 2022 edition of Cogent Arts & Humanities and can be accessed here.