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Feb 11 2022
As podcast host Joe Rogan deals with the backlash related to his use of the n-word and how he’s handled COVID-19 information on his show, Jon Stewart has again come to the podcaster’s defense, saying it’s not fair to criticize him so harshly.
“My point is, we all exist in this world and on this planet and there’s no question that there is egregious misinformation that’s purposeful andComplex
Apr 05 2022
Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug used as the primary ingredient in canine heartworm preventatives, was touted as a “new tool” in the “arsenal” against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain responsible for the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Media publications like far-right cable channel OAN touted the drug as a “cure” that could kill the virus in “just 48 hours.”
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Jul 09 2021
Violent videos and misinformation are amplified by YouTube's algorithm, despite the company's rules meant to limit their spread, according to a Mozilla Foundation report published July 7.
The foundation — a nonprofit that advocates on privacy issues — found 71 percent of all videos that volunteers reported as disturbing were recommended by the video-sharing platform's algorithm. TheyPolitico
Jan 31 2022
Joe Rogan defended himself Sunday but vowed to “try harder” to offer more balance on his podcast in his first public response to the growing protest facing Spotify over Covid-19 misinformation.
Rogan's comments came after the streaming service announced it would add a content advisory to any podcast episode that discusses the coronavirus. The move came after several musicians, led byNBC News (Online)
Mar 01 2021
On Monday, Twitter said it will begin labeling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on its site. The platform also introduced a strike system for accounts that repeatedly violate the rules; one strike is a warning, second and third strikes result in a 12-hour account lock, a fourth strike is a weeklong lock on the account, and five strikes results in permanent suspension. This comes after TwitterThe Guardian Forbes Washington Examiner
Feb 08 2021
Facebook says it will take tougher action during the pandemic against claims that vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccination, are not effective or safe.
Why it matters: It's a partial reversal from Facebook's previous position on vaccine misinformation. In September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wouldn't target anti-vaccination posts the same way it has aggressivelyAxios
May 03 2020
As officials and experts continue to probe the origins of COVID-19, conflicting information has arisen about exactly how and where the novel virus began -- a fact that has also been reflected in news reports on the subject. Many outlets on the right have echoed statements in recent days by high-ranking officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump that claim theInsider Washington Post The Daily Caller
Dec 12 2021
In July, a fake slide deck with the logos of the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum purporting to show a schedule for when coronavirus variants would be “released” rocketed around social media, racking up thousands of likes on Twitter and Instagram.
Anti-vaccine influencers posted the image, citing it as proof that the pandemic was orchestrated by powerful interestsWashington Post
Dec 07 2020
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Claire Wardle, U.S. director of the non-profit First Draft News, about online misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Twenty-one percent of adults in the U.S. say they're, quote, "pretty certain" they will not get a COVID-19 vaccine and that more information will not change their minds. That's according to research out this week fromNPR (Online News)
Jul 14 2021
The White House and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) dispelled rumors that they are working with cell phone carriers to monitor and fact-check private text messages, after a Politico article Monday said the Biden administration and the DNC were "planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over socialHeavy.com Politico Washington Examiner