Fake News and the First Amendment: How to tell fact from fiction

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 - 8:30pm
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  • Pasadena, CA 91030
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What is “fake news”? The answer depends on whom you ask. Since the 2016 presidential election, there’s been a sharp rise in the use of the term “fake news” across political and journalistic spectra. But it's clear not everyone is necessarily working from the same definition.

Journalists, social media creators and news consumers are divided on what it means, its impact and what – if any – legal implications arise from the publication of fake news. How should the media best do its job during such times? Does the government have any role to play in regulating fake news? Does the First Amendment protect fake news the same way it does real news?

Join KPCC and the First Amendment Coalition for a discussion on fake news and the First Amendment. What are the potential impacts of fake news? How can individuals and news organizations stop the spread of misinformation? And what tools are being developed to help people identify fake news for themselves?


Alex Cohen (@kpccalex) – KPCC


David Snyder (@1stamendmnt) – executive director, First Amendment Coalition

Eugene Volokh – constitutional law professor, UCLA School of Law

Mark Marino (@markcmarino)– associate professor of writing, USC

More guests to be announced. 



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