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Apr 11 2020
Americans right now face a dual challenge: to protect themselves and others from the new illness COVID-19, which is highly contagious and potentially deadly, as well as from the dangers of misinformation about the virus.
Because so much is still unknown about the disease, disseminating perfectly accurate information about its spread and symptoms has proved challenging for public healthPBS NewsHour
Mar 05 2021
Misinformation on COVID-19 is so pervasive that even some patients dying from the disease still say it’s a hoax. In March 2020, nearly 30% of U.S. adults believed the Chinese government created the coronavirus as a bioweapon (Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 263, 2020) and in June, a quarter believed the outbreak was intentionally planned by people in power (Pew Research Center, 2020).American Psychological Association
May 03 2020
Fact-checking and verification were already crucial skills for journalists before the COVID-19 pandemic came along, thanks in part to the rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right’s weaponization of social media. But the coronavirus has made fact-checking and filtering skills even more important, as trolls traffic in rumors about how drinking bleach or taking megadoses of vitamin C can cure theColumbia Journalism Review
Sep 29 2021
YouTube on Wednesday said it was expanding it policies around medical misinformation to ban content about vaccines that "poses a serious risk of egregious harm." The video giant already prohibited misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, but the updated polices cover all "currently administered vaccines that are approved and confirmed to be safe and effective" by local health agencies andCNET
Aug 07 2022
Is Breitbart (Right bias) “fake news?” What constitutes as propaganda, fake news, or misinformation is a major point of contention among the left and right. Media outlets that favor the political left or right may repeat claims or stories that suit their worldview and agenda. To some, this can constitute “fake news” — especially if they disagree with what is published.
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Mar 15 2021
One year ago, Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The NBA suspended its season. About 1,000 Americans were infected, and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.
Today, more than 500,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19. The country is recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Schools and colleges, manyPoynter
Mar 01 2021
Twitter will attach warning labels to posts that contain misleading information about coronavirus vaccines and introduce a strike system for repeat offenders, the tech giant announced Monday, as the company tries to combat the circulation of misinformation. Twitter employees will initially be charged with labeling posts they determine violate Twitter policy, and their decisions will be used toForbes
Jul 26 2022
Democracy in the United States is in serious trouble. A review of some recent public opinion research shows just how much.
For example, an NPR survey conducted earlier this year found that 64% of the American population believes that U.S. democracy is in crisis and is at risk of failing. A strong indication that the situation is getting worse and not better is that over 70% ofBrookings Institution
Oct 07 2020
This edition of Coronavirus Facts is coming to you a day early because… well… *gestures broadly* all of this. First, White House staffers began testing positive for COVID-19, then President Donald Trump did as well, and ended up spending the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Misinformation spread quickly about Trump’s condition. There was the claim that he was being deliberatelyPoynter
Apr 22 2020
Should you wear a mask when you go out in public? Yes, according to revised guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But at one of President Trump’s daily press briefings, he said that “It’s only a recommendation,” adding, “I don’t think I am going to be doing it.” What about taking hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, to fight COVID-19? The Food and DrugFiveThirtyEight