NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Sander van der Linden of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab about his online game which tries to teach players about fake news by making them produce it.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
Here’s a novel way to fight the spread of fake news. Try spreading it yourself – not in real life, though – but an online game called “Bad News” where you play the role of a fake news creator trying to get as many followers as you can by disseminating misinformation. Sander van der Linden is the director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. He’s one of the brains behind the game. And thank you for joining us.
SANDER VAN DER LINDEN: Pleasure to be on the show.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So I want to try the game out. But first, why make players put on the hat of a fake-news creator?