The EFE Agency gives a workshop at the UCJC on how to avoid misinformation

Camilo José Cela University and the EFE Agency held an educational workshop where they analysed the phenomenon of fake news and offered tools to help avoid possible misinformation.

Falsehoods are not something new, but as technology advances and there is greater connectivity, “noise and confusion” have increased, causing a rapid expansion of hoaxes disguised as news.

During the virtual conference, organised by the UCJC Degree in Audiovisual Communications and New Media, the EFE Verifica platform taught attendees how to distinguish between real information from falsehoods disseminated on the Internet and social media.

The head of EFE Verifica, Desirée García, explained that traditional journalism “is not enough” and that to combat misinformation, people must also be made aware of this type of content.

The EFE Agency developed the EFE Verifica tool two years ago, which has the approval of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), precisely to carry out informative review tasks.

In general, fake news is divided into, misinformation, unintentional spreading of false information; disinformation, creation and deliberate dissemination of information known to be false; and malicious information, genuine information that is shared to cause harm.

“When you get a message, stop for a moment, look it up on Google, see if it has been published by verifiers like us, but don’t share it if you don’t know if what it says is true,” added García.

Among the tips offered when detecting “potentially false” content is the possibility of using reverse search tools for images, video analysis or carefully checking that the geolocation of the multimedia content is correct.

Both the Chief of Staff of the Rector’s Office at Camilo José Cela University, Fernando Saavedra, and the co-director of the International Degree in Communications at UCJC, Jorge Gallardo, were proud to be able to collaborate “with an institution like EFE” and to offer training that serves both journalists and the general public.