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Misinformation: false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead
Disinformation: deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts
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Video Writer, Director, and Narrator: Julián Gustavo Gómez (@thejuliangomez)
Video Illustrator: Arcadi Garcia Rius (@garirius)
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Image Credits: Emperor penguin photo by Cristopher Michel
Macaroni penguin photo by Liam Quinn
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Lewis, Paul. “Fiction is outperforming reality”: How YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth.” The Guardian 2 (2018): 2018.
Meserole, Chris. “How misinformation spreads on social media—And what to do about it.” The Brookings Institution (May 9, 2018), edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/05/09/how-misinformation-spreads-on-social-media-and-what-to-do-about-it (2018).
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