Inoculating Against An #Infodemic- Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Misinformation
As health officials around the world grapple with a pandemic caused by a new coronavirus, COVID-19, they are also facing a deluge of misinformation about the virus on traditional and social media. The World Health Organization is calling this phenomenon an “infodemic” – “an overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.” To help stem the tide of COVID-19 misinformation, our team of computational social scientists, communications professionals and developers are developing various real-time information dashboards to keep track of false COVID-19 claims. Our various misinformation dashboards track and visualize debunked coronavirus claims from an international network of trusted fact checkers. Browse through to see the latest debunked COVID-19 false claims from around the world.
Tracks and visualizes debunked coronavirus claims from a network of trusted fact checkers from around the world.
Tracks and visualizes debunked coronavirus claims mentioning or associated with a specific geographic location.
Twelve Common Types of COVID-19 Fact-checked Claims
Based on our manual review of over 2500 debunked claims with keywords “COVID” or “Coronavirus”, as recorded by the Google Fact Check Tools between Jan 22 – May 6 2020, here are the 12 most common types of COVID-19 related claims that are currently making the rounds online:
Fact-checked Claim Types Coding Schema & Dashboard
Now in its second iteration, the COVID-19 Claim Types Coding Schema includes 12 different fact-checked claim types and their definitions . The aim of the coding schema is to facilitate a systematic review and grouping of similar claims under the same claim type. By applying the coding schema, researchers can study the types of claims that are circulating online and offline, their prevalence and persistence over time. The coding schema can also inform work by policy makers and developers when implementing different mitigation strategies in response to different claim types.
The first version of this coding schema with the seven initial codes was originally published in Policy Options Magazine on April 14, 2020.
Semantic Connections among COVID-19 Fact-checked Claims
Additional Fact Checking Resources
Also check out the following awesome misinformation resources to inoculate yourself against an infodemic:
- > Flatten the Curve Digest: An accessible source for COVID-19 information
- > WHO Myth Busters
- > Snopes’ Collection of Debunked Claims
- > Factcheck.org
- > Doubt It news literacy resources
For up-to-date information and additional resources on COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.