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Table 1 Journalism: The phenomenon of fake news and disinformation

While social media is replacing conventional media tools as the major source of information and news, it has become more and more difficult to maintain and regulate information flow.

People are now able to easily share their biased opinion and even spread fake news through public platforms, resulting in 86% of online users sharing that they have believed fake news was real at least once (Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2019). Especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, people have become more reliant on social media platforms as means for communication, which increased the effect of disinformation around the globe; Therefore, media literacy is an important skill in order not to fall victim to manipulative information on the Internet.

Message from Table Chief:
Hellow! Thank you for being interested in the topic. I’m Rahma, I’m from Eqypt, and I will be the table chief. Nice to meet ya! Are you interested in journalism? Have you stumbled upon fake stories on social platforms like Facebook and would like to decrease the amount of fake news and disinformation? Then you have come to the right place! Join us in creating a media literacy workshop, researching the topic in the context of your country, and designing an infographic to spread awareness online. Can’t wait to meet you! :)

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Name : Rahma Seliem
Nationality : Eqypt
University : University of Amsterdam

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