Craig Silverman
Craig Silverman

Fake News Expert, Media Editor at Buzzfeed

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Have you heard of fake news? When Craig Silverman first used the term in 2014, little did he know it would be an inescapable buzzword on the lips of the President and anyone else who read the news in 2016.

Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation, fake news and content verification.

Craig previously was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada, and was also the founder of, a rumor tracking project that was developed as part a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. From 2004 to 2015 he wrote Regret The Error, a blog about media accuracy and corrections, which became part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the basis for an award-winning book of press criticism. He is the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and has been a columnist for The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, and Columbia Journalism Review. Craig also edited The Verification Handbook and The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting for the European Journalism Centre.

He was named to the Politico 50 for his work exposing fake news and its effect on American politics. His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, National Magazine Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada. Currently, he is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and fake news.

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