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CSAS Lecture | Misinformation and Political Twitter in India

Joyojeet Pal, School of Information, University of Michigan
Friday, September 24, 2021
4:30-6:00 PM
Off Campus Location
In the last decade, India has seen a massive uptake in the adoption, and frequency of technology use by citizens, making social media a primary means of information access for a large part of the Indian citizenry. This talk uses three instances of coordinated online misinformation around the COVID-19, the 2021 farmer protests, and the demise of a movie star to highlight ways in which social media has become a feeder channel for mainstream media in India. I show that in each case, misinformation related to the primary event was crafted to engage alternate targets – including communities, activists, political actors, or celebrities, and that this was done within a larger narrative of belonging and citizenship.

Joyojeet Pal is an associate professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan and a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India. His research examines the use of social media in mainstream politics.

Please register in advance for this zoom webinar here: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkdu-qpzooHdA1Rh0H6trGUh2Za_qxWuGt

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, India, Social Media
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures