A sign outside Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, B.C., explains visitor restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
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Hospitals have requested that people avoid non-emergency visits, and conspiracy theorists are posting images of empty parking lots online as false proof that COVID-19 is an elaborate hoax.
FOX News host Sean Hannity (pictured here in 2018) gave credibility to a tweet he read out lout on his popular syndicated radio show, which called COVID-19 a fraud “to spread panic in the populace, manipulate the economy and suppress dissent.”
Why have conspiracy theories so easily circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic? What do these theories tell us about societies and what challenges do they present?
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The Voynich Manuscript has researchers, the media, and the public hooked. But pseudo-explanations for the book's 'code' reveals a serious problem with society's relationship with science.
Wellness ‘gurus’ like Belle Gibson (not pictured here) have changed the way we think about our own health.
Lifestyle gurus define themselves in opposition to experts — but can we really trust what they tell us?
You can help your children investigate any online hoax.
Six tips on how to check out that latest online threat that's targeting your children. How you can easily tell if it's real or just another hoax?
It's not just the media who fuel unnecessary concern about so-called suicide games.
In Indonesia, age doesn’t have any effect whatsoever on one’s intention to share fake news.
Research in Indonesia shows that people's age, education levels and gender do not determine their likelihood to share fake news. Internet spending does.
Frank Olson under the microscope.
Errol Morris's new series is not a traditional documentary, but it's doggedly committed to discovering what happened to Frank Olson.
Families should be more involved in digital literacy education as parents are the ones who introduce digital media to their children.
Dozens of voluntary researchers in nine Indonesian cities mapped digital literacy activities and they found the country needs much more to solve their digital media problems.
When new discoveries are jealously guarded under lock and key, science suffers.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
Traditional media gatekeepers are toast.
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Researcher who has studied online news for 20 years says people fall for fake news because they don't value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible news sources.
Sharing election hashtags: Dots are Twitter accounts; lines show retweeting; larger dots are retweeted more. Red dots are likely bots; blue ones are likely humans.
If people can be conned into jeopardizing our children's lives, as they do when they opt out of immunizations, could they also be conned out of democracy?
Eoanthropus dawsoni, or the Piltdown Man, never really existed.
One of paleontology's most notorious hoaxes has long been blamed on a serial forger named Charles Dawson. But might a Jesuit priest have been in on a joke that went wrong ?
The portrait painted by John Cooke in 1915. Back row: (left to right) F. O. Barlow, G. Elliot Smith, Charles Dawson, Arthur Smith Woodward.
Fossils claiming to be the missing link between ape and humans were manipulated in such a way that Charles Dawson, who discovered them, was most likely the forger.
Cleverly doctored images of the effects of Sydney’s April storms amused social media users – but hoax images have a much longer history.
The adage that the camera doesn't lie is, of course, a lie, as a long history of hoaxes amply demonstrates. And yet we can still be duped by tricksters. We should remain vigilant.
What? Eating chocolate doesn’t help lose weight? But I read it in the newspaper!
A recent hoax study suggesting chocolate helps people lose weight highlights many problems with the way science is conducted and reported by the media.
Would it ever be responsible to legitimise the story that someone “healed themselves” of cancer through diet?
Social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson is not the first to be accused of fabricating a personal recovery story for public consumption. So what responsibility do publishers have in such cases?
It’s got truth serum in it?
The ease with which a hoaxer was recently able to call the prime minister’s mobile phone, pretending to be the head of GCHQ, highlights a major dilemma for democratic political leaders. Cameron said he…
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