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What’s up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots? | Nieman Journalism Lab

By Laura Hazard Owen
August 7, 2020

A new report from First Draft looks at online misinformation in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

First Draft has collected dozens of examples of information disorder playing out via private Facebook groups, text messaging and other platforms. In an echo of national trends, local influencers and elected officials — state representatives, sheriffs and political candidates — play a key role in amplifying and spreading misleading or harmful information about the pandemic and other issues. Confusion among the public, whether about the process of mail-in voting or the efficacy of mask-wearing, proves fertile ground for creating confusion and encouraging distrust.

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Source: What’s up with all the news photos that make beaches look like Covid hotspots? » Nieman Journalism Lab

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