There are over 75 cognitive biases we harbour as human beings. Some of these contribute to us falling for devious social-media algorithms and even fake news.
For instance, the ‘confirmation bias’ makes us favour information that confirms our existing beliefs. So when we are confronted with news or social-media posts that confirm our own pre-conceived notions and age-old practices, we tend to believe them to be the truth. And that’s how we get swayed by propaganda and become a victim of misinformation.
Senior media professional and a Google News Initiative India Network Trainer Shweta Bhandral took up the subject of news verification, detecting fake news, trolling and recognizing our own cognitive biases that make us fall for propaganda, through a workshop at eShe Indo-Pak Peace Summit Led by Women.
“There is always an agenda behind trolling,” says Shweta, is also the founder of The Future Skills Company, which empowers Gen-Next with skills to help them follow their hearts and excel in life.
Hear the full talk here and be an aware news-consumer.