Misinformation: tech companies are removing 'harmful' coronavirus content – but who decides what that means?

Social media companies need to be more transparent about the health misinformation they remove.

Michael James Walsh, Associate Professor, University of Canberra • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 coronavirus misinformation

IPCC: the dirty tricks climate scientists faced in three decades since first report

Three decades of growing scientific certainty about climate change have yielded little progress.

Marc Hudson, Research Associate in Social Movements, Keele University • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change misinformation ipcc climate-action cop26 paris-agreement climate-talks

Climate denial hasn't gone away – here's how to spot arguments for delaying climate action

New research exposes the common tropes of bad faith arguments about climate change.

Stuart Capstick, Research Fellow in Psychology, Cardiff University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  misinformation  climate-crisis  climate-change-denial

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.

Kate Starbird, Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 pandemic disinformation misinformation cold-war soviet-union propaganda

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

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