Just as the free flow of information is vital for democratic society, so too is the integrity and accuracy of information in the public sphere. Social media and digital platforms have increased the ease and speed with which information can spread, but they have also opened up new avenues for disinformation to take root. How urgent is the challenge posed by disinformation on social media, and how should policymakers and local communities respond?
To debate these questions, the Brookings Institution and Washington Urban Debate League will be hosting a public event on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30-8:00pm. Featuring the perspective, voice and values of the next generation of leaders – high school debaters – as well as experts in the field, the discussion will explore the role and responsibility of social media platforms in one of the most pressing issues of the day: how to counter the false information and misleading narratives that spread online.
In addition to the live audience, viewers can join online and submit questions via e-mail to email@example.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #WAUDL.