Sen. Ron Johnson was suspended from uploading videos to YouTube for one week, after the company said he violated its COVID-19 “medical misinformation policies.”
Private messaging apps like WhatsApp have always presented challenges for fact-checkers. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, where fact-checkers can use third-party software to track the virality of misinformation tropes, WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ke
Three-quarters of Britain's adult population has received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the government said.
From the COVID-19 pandemic to the presidential election, 2020 was rife with misinformation.
Lawyers for at least three defendants charged in connection with the violent siege say that they will blame election misinformation and conspiracy theories.
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Fueled by anguish, desperation and distrust of the government, rumors and hoaxes are spreading by word of mouth and on social media in India, compounding the country's humanitarian crisis.
NBC News correspondent and MediaWise ambassador Savannah Sellers says the impact of online falsehoods has never been more evident in everyday life. “There’s a very real issue when people, no matter what age they are, can’t tell the difference bet
A remarkably prescient cartoon, dating back almost a century, resurfaced in 2021, as COVID-19 vaccination efforts intensified.
A viral video on Facebook, viewed thousands of times, contains a number of incorrect or misleading claims related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These inaccurate statements concerning the safety of the chemical ethylene oxide, the efficacy of the drug
Even after working as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 37 years under seven presidents, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he never could have anticipated the level of misinformation that has arisen from th
An Instagram post says: “6,000% Increase in Reported Vaccine Deaths 1st Quarter 2021 Compared to 1st Quarter 2020.” An article from a media outlet called The Daily Expose carried the headline: “Number of women to lose their unborn
Dr. Anthony Fauci called the podcast host's recent comments about young people and COVID-19 vaccines "incorrect."
Seven fact-checking organizations spread across the globe will get a combined $500,000 in grant funding to help support their efforts to fight COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. The award is part of the Vaccine Grant Program — a partnership between W
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In early April, YouTube took down a video featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a group of controversial scientists at a March 18 coronavirus roundtable. The online video platform, owned by Google, cited as its rationale that the video contained fals
Lindsay Battle says she knows “the truth” about why US gas prices in her area rose 90 cents a gallon in just over two months. “It’s because President Biden shut down the pipeline and because of all of his other policies... that make us reliant
In the 21st century, new technology makes manipulation and fabrication of information simple.
Facebook announced Monday that it would limit posts that contain misinformation and hate speech as it relates to the trial of Derek Chauvin. In a blog post, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy, wrote, “We know this trial ha
In January, 60 councils across England were given money by the government to help spread Covid-19 vaccine advice through trusted “Community Champions”. We talked to some of them about what they’ve been doing, what’s been workin
A Facebook post circulating in Papua New Guinea warns that Covid-19 vaccines are being trialled on people in the country and advises them to “stay away from hospital” if they develop symptoms. The post adds that the disease is “just a seasonal f
Over the past few years, research in psychological science and political science has started to assess who falls for fake news and how we can help people to detect and discard it.
Here are some strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies.
One year ago, Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The NBA suspended its season. About 1,000 Americans were infected, and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. Today, more than 500,000 Ameri
In early December 2020, Full Fact co-hosted with Facebook a virtual conference titled ‘Addressing Health Misinformation: Lessons from 2020’. This event brought together representatives from industry, academia, media, healthcare and governme
Search engines are one of society’s primary gateways to information and people, but they are also conduits for misinformation.
On Feb. 11, 2020, the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network published its first fact-check about the coronavirus. The story, reported on by then-16-year-old Angie Li, detailed what we knew about the virus (at the time, very little), and gave tips on how
Researchers want Facebook’s Oversight Board to evaluate the platform’s exemption of politicians from fact-checking after new research from Brazillian fact-checking organization Agência Lupa pointed to 29 examples of President Jair Bolsonaro spread
A nonpartisan academic report released this said most false narratives in the Spanish-language community “were translated from English and circulated via prominent platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as in closed group chat platform
If its services help deliver misinformation to your home, what responsibility does Comcast have for that?
Instagram has banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for repeatedly posting misinformation about vaccine safety and COVID-19.
Vaccine resistance could ultimately be the biggest hurdle to reaching herd immunity.
The big lie was planned well in advance. Before he became president in 2016, Donald Trump was saying that U.S. elections were rigged. In 2020, months before voting began, Trump said the only way he’d lose would be because of voter fraud. After Electi
Conspiracy theories and misinformation are global phenomena that affect people’s perceptions of other countries.