Fighting disinformation: Can You Believe It?

Can You Believe It? is an initiative dedicated to uncovering how disinformation reaches consumers and providing tools to help our audience fight its spread. Are you seeing disinformation in your social media feeds? Share with us by emailing tell@mpr.org.

Right-wing 'zombie' papers attack Illinois Democrats ahead of elections
Printed newspapers sent out across Illinois push Republican talking points against Democrats just in time for election season. They're taking advantage of the erosion of local news.
Voting officials: Misinformation fueling election skepticism
Across Minnesota, county officials are encountering people questioning the results of the 2020 election and demanding changes to the voting process, even though there is no proof of widespread fraud or other problems. 
Fox producer's warning against Jeanine Pirro surfaces in Dominion defamation suit
Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson and others are being grilled under oath in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News for spreading lies about a voting tech company's role in the 2020 elections.
Fact check: Graphic does not show 2019 election fraud in Kentucky, and other not real news this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.
Doubting mainstream medicine, COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online
A 75-year-old woman became enmeshed in conspiracy theories about COVID. After she got infected, she rejected effective treatments and sought out black market drugs instead.
Election deniers are spreading misinformation nationwide. Here are 4 things to know
An NPR investigation found that since the Capitol riot, the election denial movement has moved from the national level to hundreds of grassroots events across the country. Here are four key takeaways.
Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state
Even as the Jan. 6 hearings play out, election misinformation keeps spreading. NPR tracked four leaders preaching false information about election fraud at hundreds of grassroots events nationwide.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:
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