Nicki Minaj’s international anti-vaccine fiasco reveals the life-and-death stakes at the heart of normalizing a culture of fandom tribalism.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others all had their own cures for the Spanish flu. But some of these may have made things worse.
Ivermectin is the most recent example of a medication touted as a miracle drug for COVID-19 without solid medical evidence supporting its use.
Anti-vaccine activists are using the side effect reporting system to spread fear and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. But the database could also be used as a gauge for public concerns.
We all have biases that impact what information we choose to accept and reject. But there are some ways we can train ourselves to become more discerning.
If we’re to avert a climate disaster, we must not underestimate the power of climate misinformation campaigns to undermine this week’s IPCC findings.
A terse piece of legislation from 1996 has been credited with creating the internet as we know it – and blamed for the flood of misinformation and other ills that have come with it.
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.