Detroit Today: Author Sarah Kendzior explains why misinformation spreads so easily

Profit incentives for social media companies contribute to a rise in propaganda, according to the “Gaslit Nation” host.

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Vaccination rates among kindergartners in Michigan and around the country are on the decline.

One cause behind this may be misinformation surrounding vaccines such as those used to fight COVID-19.

According to a recent poll, a third of U.S. adults believe COVID-19 vaccines “caused thousands of sudden deaths in otherwise healthy people.”

Author Sarah Kendzior joined Detroit Today to discuss misinformation in our society, including why it’s on the rise and how it impacts our institutions and social bonds.

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Sarah Kendzior is the co-host of the Gaslit Nation podcast and author of several books. She recently wrote “They Knew: How a Culture of Conspiracy Keeps America Complacent.” She says lack of access to good information can contribute to the spread of bad information.

“When well-researched investigative reporting is hidden behind a paywall, you’re going to end up with a population that — even if they’re making their best attempts to find the truth — is going to have a very difficult job doing so,” Kendzior explains.

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