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Virtual Faculty Speaker: Deception & Trust in Social Media and Beyond

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Thu, November 18, 2021
06:00PM - 07:00PM
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Zoom, San Francisco CA 94107
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Sandy McNabb, JD '77

Description: Deceptive advertising practices and disinformation (e.g., COVID-19, elections, conspiracy theories, etc.) have caused mistrust in the media, especially social media. Professor Hancock will discuss a research study that tracked people before and after the recent elections and the implications of disinformation on social media and beyond. He will also talk about the need for media literacy training and offer tips to spot disinformation.

Bio: Jeffrey Hancock, PhD, is the founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab and is Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University. Professor Hancock and his group work on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. The team specializes in using computational linguistics and experiments to understand how the words we use can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support. Professor Hancock is well-known for his research on how people use deception with technology, from sending texts and emails to detecting fake online reviews. His TED Talk on deception has been seen over 1 million times and he’s been featured as a guest on “CBS This Morning” for his expertise on social media. His research has been published in over 80 journal articles and conference proceedings and has been supported by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. His work on lying and technology has been frequently featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, CBS and the BBC.

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