5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren't true

The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.

Geoffrey Joyce, Director of Health Policy, USC Schaeffer Center, and Associate Professor, University of Southern California • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  health  covid-19  coronavirus  brazil  donald-trump  herd-immunity  economy  misinformation  jair-bolsonaro  cdc  myths  denial

Coronavirus: there are no miracle foods or diets that can prevent or cure COVID-19

There is no evidence that garlic, lemons, and the ketogenic diet can prevent or cure coronavirus.

Taibat Ibitoye, Registered Dietitian and Doctoral Researcher, University of Reading • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  misinformation  keto-diet  vitamin-c  garlic

Coronavirus conspiracy theories are dangerous – here's how to stop them spreading

Conspiracy theories and misinformation about coronavirus damage society in a number of ways.

John Cook, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  coronavirus  misinformation  conspiracy-theories  expert-guide-to-conspiracy-theories

Social media fuels wave of coronavirus misinformation as users focus on popularity, not accuracy

Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.

Jon-Patrick Allem, Assistant Professor of Research, University of Southern California • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  twitter  facebook  misinformation  coronavirus-2020  youtube  technology  norms  covid-19-myths

Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  public-health  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  pandemic  twitter  google  bots  facebook  disinformation  misinformation  new-coronavirus  world-health-organization-who  cdc  youtube  instagram  whatsapp

Society's dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  public-health  internet-of-things  covid-19  coronavirus  cybersecurity  internet  pandemic  disinformation  misinformation  supply-chains  new-coronavirus  censorship  cyber-law  ransomware  internet-policy

How to spot coronavirus fake news – an expert guide

Help stop the infodemic.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  social-media  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  misinformation

The battle against disinformation is global

A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Director, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  european-union-eu  spain  twitter  europe  facebook  deepfakes  disinformation  misinformation  australia  india  france  new-zealand  indonesia  russia  united-kingdom  malaysia  information-warfare  social-media-and-democracy  russian-information-warfare  christchurch-call

Coronavirus and the Black Death: spread of misinformation and xenophobia shows we haven't learned from our past

Misinformation and "fake news" was also widespread during the Black Death.

Rachel Clamp, PhD Candidate in History, Durham University • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  fake-news  bubonic-plague  misinformation  black-death  coronavirus-fear

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