‘The information apocalypse’: How BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman hunts down misinformation and hoaxes

Over the past three months, the media industry has been dedicated to covering the global pandemic. In the past two weeks, a significant shift has been made to covering the George Floyd protests. Both subjects have dominated the news cycle and as a result, misinformation and false news have popped up all over the internet.   “We are in a version of the information apocalypse,” said Craig Silverman, media editor of BuzzFeed News. There is a natural human progression for processing information that Silverman said has always had the tendency to lead to creating fictitious beliefs and conspiracy theories. But combining those natural human behaviors with a radically different digital environment consisting of new technology and social platforms has poured fuel to the fire, Silverman said.

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