News on Mitigating Misinformation

As the coronavirus spreads with unsettling speed across the world, so has press coverage of hoarding. Food. Medical supplies. Toilet paper. Panicked citizens with frustratingly little control over a pandemic are instead seizing upon one thing they can do, which is stock up for what feels like an apocalypse. News outlets can’t get enough of […]

You might feel scared or confused about what is actually happening with the coronavirus. You are probably reading a lot of conflicting information online. One thing we can all do right now to help each other is to stop spreading misinformation. It creates more panic and we are all stressed out enough as it is. […]

Google said that it’s providing more than $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and nonprofits fighting misinformation around the world, with an immediate focus on the coronavirus. Why it matters: Google wants to be proactive throughout the coronavirus crisis to support the spread of accurate and safe information. […] Source: Google gives $6.5 million to […]

Misleading coronavirus advice is going viral on social media feeds. Zeinab Badawi explains how we can all slow the spread of harmful falsehoods online. […] Source: Coronavirus: How can you stop an ‘infodemic’? – BBC News

Facebook announced this morning that it will be offering another $100 million worth of support to local newsrooms that are trying to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, while that same pandemic is dealing a major blow to their bottom lines. The company says the funding will consist of $25 million in grant funding for local coverage, […]

SAN FRANCISCO — The day after the New Hampshire primary last month, Facebook’s security team removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran, which had posted divisive partisan messages about the U.S. election inside private Facebook groups.Hours later, the social network learned the campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York […]

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What can be done to combat political misinformation? One prominent intervention involves attaching warnings to headlines of news stories that have been disputed by third-party fact-checkers. Here we demonstrate a hitherto unappreciated potential consequence of such a warning: an implied truth effect, whereby false headlines that fail to get tagged are considered validated and thus […]

NPR’s Ailsa Chang talks with Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg about the platform’s efforts to stop the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus. AILSA CHANG, HOST: With everyone hunkered down, it is boom times for Facebook, which, we should note, is among NPR’s financial supporters. More people are relying on […]

As the reality of life under quarantine in the age of coronavirus has crystalized, so has Big Tech’s top job in this new era: combatting a plague of misinformation. So far, things are off to a rocky start. Even prior to the World Health Organization’s decision on March 12 to label Covid-19 a pandemic, WHO […]

As the coronavirus pandemic heightens nerves, disinformation—defined as information being spread with the intention to mislead–has found fertile ground. In the United States, text messages encouraged people to stock up on food and supplies in advance of a national quarantine. In Europe and China, a video circulated on WhatsApp and TikTok that appeared to show […]

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