The coronavirus ‘infodemic’

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As the coronavirus spreads, so too does misinformation. This blog will show how social media is both fanning the fire – and being used to tackle the outbreak.

“This is a real WHO public announcement,” said my friend in a WhatsApp message in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. 

She had sent a screenshot of what appeared to be an official World Health Organisation (WHO) infographic titled; ‘Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection.’ It had the official logo, brand colours and icons typical of many WHO social media graphics. Everything looked legitimate except the final sentence. ‘Avoid unprotected sex with live wild or farm animals.’  Continue reading “The coronavirus ‘infodemic’”