Fake news on Facebook, Behavior in the office

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In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Facebook and Facebook’s Messenger Kids app icons are displayed on an iPhone in New York. Facebook is adding a “sleep” mode to its Messenger Kids service so parents can limit how much time children spend on it. Richard Drew/AP Photo

We talk to a journalism professor about new research into how social media algorithms distributed fake news during the 2020 election. Then, a psychologist helps us examine our own behavior to determine whether we’re a jerk in the workplace.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Royce Podeszwa Producer
  • Tessa West Guest
  • Mike Wagner Guest

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