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Information and Media Literacy: How to Spot the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Ugly

Information and media are everywhere, and it can be hard to keep up with, let alone to ensure the news you are receiving is accurate. This guide is designed to encourage you to examine the information you receive and feel you can determine its quality.

Artificial Intelligence and Disinformation

Considering the general difficulties with fact-checking and information verification online, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) software such as Chat GPT adds an additional complication. AI generates text and images online based on its programming. Due to either coding flaws or bad actors, some of this content (but not all) contains misinformation and disinformation. Because computers and AI naturally are able to generate output faster than humans, even some misinformation can still represent a lot of content. Naturally, this makes information consumers nervous about a viral spread of AI-generated misinformation and disinformation, and with good reason.

The good news is that the same principles for information verification work to combat misinformation produced by artificial intelligence as misinformation created by humans. See PPLD's LibGuide on Finding Good Information here.

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