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The fourth version of the ColungaLAB Open Talk Cycle was discussed on Fake News and how to identify them.

April 28, 2020
Valentina Well

How to know whether or not I am facing a false news or fake news was one of the main questions that arose in the context of a new ColungaLAB talk by Fundación Colunga, which included the participation of Fabián Padilla, director of FastCheck, and Tomás Lawrence, executive director of Fundación Interpreta.

In a country that has had to face a social outbreak and a health crisis in seven months, such as the one caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it has become a necessity to be able to distinguish between which information is reliable and which is not, so as to generate tranquility among citizens, but also to be able to have certainty about what is happening in the country.

That is why  the coordinator of the Colunga Foundation Social Innovation Laboratory, Francisca Lemaître, highlights the usefulness of this exhibition, which is far from what had been the previous versions of the cycle. "In times of crisis, where a polarization of ideas and opinions was already brewing, sharing false news does not contribute to creating a constructive and informed debate, but rather affects social coexistence in a dangerous and far-reaching way",said.

Therefore, he thanked Fabián Padilla, director of FastCheck, an independent means of communication made up of a group of journalists who are dedicated to checking the information that is on social networks and in the different media, as well as that of Tomás Lawrence, executive director of Fundación Interpreta, who seek to combat the protests hate on social networks, especially with regard to the migrant population.

Padilla ensures that missing news encourages misinformation of citizens and qualifies them as "The other silent pandemic that affects the entire world"which is why I eat FastCheck They decided to join the Colunga Foundation's invitation, through its Social Innovation Laboratory to "Curb that contagion curve (that of disinformation)".

For its part Lawrence He noticed the information that exists in today's society, given the greater penetration of the internet, which ensures that “We must be able to distinguish what is real and what is not, especially when we are going through a global pandemic in which fake news is the order of the day and can directly affect our health and that of our loved ones. Today fake news can not only change the course of an election, or generate changes in the value of some actions, today it can cost you your life. ”

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