The pathways that allow fake news and misinformation to thrive fuel a more dangerous trend: online extremism. The alt-right, white supremacists, and more exploit a fragmented media landscape to spread hate, increase their ranks and viciously harass anyone who gets in their way. The challenges to monitoring and intervening are immense -- algorithmic manipulation of social media platforms allows bad actors to expand their reach and anonymous message boards and platforms largely shield their nefarious activity from the public. Leading experts will provide a framework for understanding the current information ecosystem, discuss developing new technology to serve as an early warning system for intervention, and ways the tech companies can fight back against the exploitation of their platforms.
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