Popular COVID-19 conspiracies linked to vaccine ‘hesitancy’

An international study finds that people who rate coronavirus conspiracy theories as more reliable are much less likely to say they will get vaccinated.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 conspiracy fake-news

‘Trickster god’ used fake news in Babylonian Noah story

An early example of fake news has been found in the 3000-year-old Babylonian story of Noah and the Ark, which is widely believed to have inspired the Biblical tale. Nine lines etched on ancient clay tablets that tell the Gilgamesh Flood story can now be understood in very different ways – according to a Cambridge academic.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: fake-news

Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘pre-bunk’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation

Study of thousands of players shows a simple online game works like a “vaccine”, increasing skepticism of fake news by giving people a “weak dose” of the methods behind disinformation. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 25, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: fake-news media

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