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Trolling, Bots and Misinformation during a crisis – Associate Prof. Dan Angus

Thursday 16th January / presented by Taylah Strano

Before Christmas, the dismay of Australians on social media over the unprecedented bushfire updates reached fever pitch.

The concern about how the fires (and their link to climate change) were being dealt with by government and the media grew louder daily. And then a new argument emerged - #ArsonEmergency - creating a new narrative many people followed, which considered that the fires were a result of arson, not climate change.

Researchers at the University of Queensland began looking into the mechanisms that allowed this dinsinformation to get a foothold. Dan Angus, Associate Professor of Digital Communications at the University of Queensland, joined Taylah to discuss this investigation.

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