"The #infodemic can spread much faster than the pandemic"
"The most harmful perception about COVID-19 is that it's a disease that only affects the very old or the infirm."
"To help reporters find clear, accurate information about the pandemic — and report on it responsibly — KSJ has compiled the following collection of resources and tools."
"Six key things reporters need to know about preprints, based on interviews with two people with vast experience in biomedical research"
Actualités relatives à la protection du journalisme et à la sécurité des journalistes
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/07/whatsapp-to-impose-new-limit-on-forwarding-to-fight-fake-news WhatsApp restricts message forwarding options to fight fake news
UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee- The UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published the results of its wide-ranging investigation into the phenomenon of “fake news” in February 2019. One of the initial findings of that report was that the term “fake news” itself was excessively vague. The report suggested instead using the terms Misinformation and Disinformation. It defined Misinformation as the inadvertent sharing of false information. Whereas Disinformation was described as the “deliberate creation and sharing of false and/or misleading information intended to deceive and manipulate audiences, either for the purposes of causing harm, for political, personal or financial gain”.
A searchable database of Covid-19 falsehoods aggregated by the International Fact-Checking Network's #CoronaVirusFactsAlliance. The database is an effort of fact-checkers in +70 countries, and is also available in Spanish.
Battling online coronavirus scams with facts
A google portal for searching through fact checks.
Full Fact- Articles about coronavirus from the UK’s independent fact checking charity.
National Institute of Health- NIH publishes evidence that Coronavirus did not come from a lab - genomic study debunks claims that the novel #coronavirus causing #COVID-19 was created in a lab
Max Kennerly- Max Kennerly debunks an article saying coronavirus threat is overstated
Myths and facts about Coronavirus. It's important not to spread fake news, and to also calm yourself down knowing what is real and not from news you hear from others.
Article on Coronavirus showing Disinformation is the go-to tool for government’s managing reputation damage
February 14, 2020 Director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health. said;
"In Spain we do not have COVID-19" and "the population must understand that there is no risk ..”
From miraculous cures to paranoid conspiracies, we investigate how misinformation about the virus is going viral at a disturbing rate.
Overview of the types of disinformation spread during Covid-19.
Misinformation in Italy
Rumours of lockdown in New York
Vital drug for people with lupus running out after unproven Covid-19 link "Italy and France now prescribing hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus despite fact its effectiveness is unknown"
Online furore over whether it’s safe to use the fever reducer reveals how people are sharing incomplete—and sometimes bad—information
Medical Expert (Dr. Fauci) Who Corrects Trump Is Now a Target of the Far Right
Trading standards advice regarding coronavirus scams
Covid-19 Has Closed Stores, but Snake Oil Is Still for Sale https://buff.ly/3dQIrxJ Pitches for treatments with no scientific proof erode trust and threaten lives.
How Covid-19 scammers try to evade detection on Facebook and YouTube.
A project from the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University to provide reliable information and real-time information visualization dashboards to track false claims related to the spread of the virus from around the web (announcement).
Alliance for Securing Democracy: Coronavirus and Information Manipulation (USA/Europe)- Tracking COVID-19-related misinformation from Russia and China; by the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy
EU versus Disinformation- Tracks and publishes Kremlin and Chinese COVID-19 disinformation
Correctiv- German Fake News Tracking form
Centre for Countering Digital Hate- CCDH are asking people to send in examples of fakenews around the coronavirus. If you see examples of Covid-19 misinformation & fake cures, esp on Facebook/ WhatsApp, please send URLs/ screenshots to [email protected]
🇩🇪🔗https://www.convaise.com/ (in German)
Convaise (Germany)- With governments keen to tackle misinformation, German GovStart 2019 company Convaise offers a chatbot solution allowing citizens to communicate with public institutions.
This startup is currently schooling its chatbot on a corpus of COVID-19 Q&A exchanges.
WHO Myth-busters- Shareable images debunking some myths about Coronavirus.
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Federation of American Scientists- Several common misconceptions about coronavirus.
US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Rumor Control- Myth busting.
Electronic Frontier Foundation guide to security and privacy in mutual aid (and during pandemics).
John Hopkins' Covid-19 map of global cases.
A list of scientists and organisations with expertise who are themselves highly followed by experts
🔗 Mercer Covid-19 global market impact survey (corporate content)
Corporate release from Mercer- Information on coronavirus for the corporate world
Smartable.AI Statistics & News- Compilation of stats and data
Neuroscientist's take on COVID-19- A short presentation on the facts about coronavirus.
Max Kennerly debunks an article saying coronavirus threat is overstated
Associated tweet at https://twitter.com/buileshuibhne/status/1236953325918134272
Eoghan Sweeney’s list of trusted Twitter accounts
Top rated Covid-19 reporters
A list of Infectious Disease experts
Google scholar search for coronavirus
Papers pulled out by the FoldingHome project
Evidence based papers on the impact of Coronavirus
Snopes- Fact-checking site
Politifact - Fact-checking site
FactCheck.org- Fact-checking site
TruthOrFiction- Fact checking
AFP Fact-Check- More than 100 fact-checks on the coronavirus from around the globe.
Coronavirus Ecuador Fact checker - checks of fake news in Ecuador (in Spanish)
Tracking Report: Digital Platform Responses to Misinformation During the Pandemic- Tool monitoring how digital platforms are responding to misinformation related to the pandemic. Updated regularly.
Response on Covid-19 misinformation on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
In Facebook groups, coronavirus misinformation thrives despite broader crackdown- Dozens of Facebook groups totaling hundreds of thousands of members have become a haven for conspiracy theories, medical equipment promotion and unproven cures.
Coronavirus fake news adverts approved by Facebook despite crackdown- The fake claims were seen by hundreds of thousands of users in the US and generated the company thousands of dollars, new research shows
YouTube Is Letting Millions Of People Watch Videos Promoting Misinformation About The Coronavirus
False claims that the virus is caused by 5G phone signals or can be treated with vitamin C are being widely viewed on the platform.
App Store bans coronavirus apps except from official sources- Commitments from Apple's App Store.The App Store should always be a safe and trusted place for users to download apps. Now more than ever that commitment takes on special significance as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fox News is worried about legal action after misleading viewers about coronavirus
#dontspreadthevirus Campaign to stop spreading fake cures and news about the coronavirus with tips on stopping and reporting misinformation
Tech-Handbook Public Advice
List of trustworthy information on Covid-19 for the public, for every country in the world (ministries of health, research groups etc)
Site to set up to combat misinformation (in Spanish)
2019-20 Coronavirus Outbreak
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Misinformation related to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
After the initial outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), conspiracy theories and misinformation spread online regarding the origin and scale, and various other aspects of the disease. Various social media posts claimed the virus was a bio-weapon with a patented vaccine, a population control scheme, or the result of a spy operation.
Tips and advice for reporters reporting on Coronavirus
European Journalism Observatory
Collection of resources for journalists
Social Observatory for Disinformation and Social Media Analysis
SOMA is comprised of fact-checkers, journalists, researchers, media organizations and policymakers and provides access to tools that facilitate collaborative verification.
Tools & guides to conducting online investigations
Includes Bellingcat's Online Investigation Toolkit as well as case study examples.
Aggregated list of available resources
40+ fact checking resources'(Open) Data, Facts, Metrics sources & views by ageor - Google Sheets'
You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You?
“If we’re not careful, “media literacy” and “critical thinking” will simply be deployed as an assertion of authority over epistemology.”
Amil Khan’s Political comms and Disinformation related Facebook page geared towards discussing and trying out different techniques to reach key audiences and have an impact on the way they consume and react to info.
An activity designed to engage students in evaluating the most important resources from a provided list of authoritative sources concerning Covid-19 in terms of health information and communication strategies.
We model the strategic communication of uncertainty, allowing for the salient reality that sometimes the effects of proposed policies are impossible to know. Our model highlights the challenge of getting experts to admit uncertainty, even when it is possible to check predictive success. Moreover, we identify a novel solution: checking features of the question that only good experts will infer – in particular, whether the effect of policies is knowable – allows for equilibria where uninformed experts do say “I Don’t Know.”
Framing- Message “framing” is helpful for constructing effective risk communication messages.
Motivated Reasoning- How our preexisting beliefs, far more than any new facts, can skew our thoughts and even color what we consider our most dispassionate and logical conclusions. How individuals are motivated to believe lockdowns can end early and life will return to normal, despite all scientific evidence showing otherwise. This is a main driver for people to spread misinformation unknowingly. And why many in the public spread lies that coronavirus is intentional, a hoax, or not that dangerous.
Risk communication- The importance of balancing risk with solutions (self-efficacy and hope) during communications. Human psychology will reject coronavirus risk and give-in to motivated reasoning/wishful thinking unless viable, practical, accessible, and attractive solutions are presented. How helping prevent audiences from panic is necessary for effective communication.
A lot of insights from climate change risk communication apply to the US right now, especially with science misinformation being spread by the US president.
Five tried and true principles for communication during a public health crisis (these literally save lives)