The circulation of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine poses the danger of hampering the government’s efforts to control the pandemic.
Combating vaccine misinformation on social media requires blocking sources of misinformation – and giving researchers access to data about how misinformation spreads.
At this stage of the pandemic, when behavioural change is so key to vaccine take-up, the government ignores the views of the public at its peril.
Rumble is a Canadian video-streaming platform that presents itself as an alternative to YouTube. Because Rumble does not censor content, right wing conspiracy theories have proliferated on the site.
Tighter controls are not the answer; the opportunity should be used to think differently about trust and journalism. It is critical to enable audiences to distinguish reliable, verified information.
The strong disapproval of the South African government’s handling of the pandemic is a warning that crafting persuasive pro-vaccine messages is not enough.
Despite fake news commonly being cited as a danger to society, very little research has been conducted on its ability to alter what people think.
Science denial is not new, but researchers have learned a lot about it. Here’s why it exists, how everyone is susceptible to it in one way or another and steps to take to overcome it.
The difference between conspiratorial thinking and believing the official narrative isn’t necessarily as big as you might you think.
The majority of those punished under the laws to combat false information are opposition politicians or journalists.
Canadians are increasingly turning to private messaging apps where COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories spread in an unregulated manner.
Gardening provides a helpful metaphor to help us understand how individual and platform approaches to misinformation need to be accompanied by policy and cultural reforms.
Many scientists believe attention is the key to tackling fake news – and that a form of ‘priming’ can help.
Bots flooding social media with fake news about politics is bad enough. Muddying the waters in such fields as cybersecurity and health care could put lives at risk.
Users do spend some time thinking about whether information is true; the decision to share it (even if it’s fake news) depends on the topic and the type of message.
School teaches us to read a text carefully in order to understand it. But on the web, ignoring information is a survival skill.
Canadian public health organizations have run into a serious communication problem about the AstraZeneca vaccine. Crisis management and communication theories explain what’s gone wrong.
Child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking are serious problems. Misinformation is harming efforts to combat them.
Though many people are just paying attention to these problems now, they are not new – and they even date back to ancient Rome.
The first nationally representative survey to investigate the media literacy needs, attitudes and experiences of Australian adults shows they need more help with understanding media.