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Researchers on COVID-19 online misinformation
Assoc. Prof. Jaigris Hodson, Prof. George Veletsianos and Postdoctoral Fellow Shandell Houlden’s co-authored article about how to address coronavirus misinformation spreading was published by The Conversation.
Here is an excerpt:
During times of crisis, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, people need access to reliable information in order to keep themselves safe, manage risk and avoid becoming a burden on others or health-care systems. However, ensuring that people have access to the right information when they need it has become a major challenge due to widespread digital misinformation.
Not only are people bombarded by misleading or outright dangerous misinformation, but this information is often shared on platforms where it cannot be corrected, such as on private messaging services and email. Providing health information to the public via a broadcast model of communication should not be the only solution to dealing with misinformation.
Read the full article in the Conversation.