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The Guardian at 200: Fake news and the assault on truth

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Join us for the first in our series of lunchtime events in partnership with The University of Manchester.

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The John Rylands Library, part of The University of Manchester, holds the entire archive of the Manchester Guardian. In this series of events to mark our bicentenary, our panels of special guests and experts will each discuss an item from the archive, its relevance to today’s news and media, and how it may influence our future.

For our first event, we will be taking a closer look at how we navigate misinformation in today’s complex, internationally-connected media landscape. In 1977 the Guardian created an elaborate April Fool’s Day hoax - a seven page travel supplement about a fictional island called San Serriffe - which fooled the nation.

Forty years later, in a very different world, the Collins Dictionary 2017 word of the year was “fake news”. Today, a host of conspiracy theories and fabricated stories about coronavirus can spread rapidly across social media platforms. False claims about the US election led to the 6th January storming of the US Capitol and a social media ban for the former president.

How can we as readers recognise misinformation and protect ourselves against fake news? How can the media defend traditional news values and what roles should big tech companies play in this? Join the discussion with Alex Hern, technology editor for The Guardian. More speakers to be announced.

We are celebrating The Guardian’s 200th birthday with a digital festival featuring today’s leading thinkers, activists, artists and politicians. Join our specially curated programme of online conversations from wherever you are in the world. See the full lineup here and sign up to our newsletter for more announcements.

All tickets include the opportunity to watch the event on demand at a later time. A link to the recording will be sent to all ticket holders 24 hours after the event.

Running time: 60 minutes

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