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Misinformation Watch

Inoculating Against An #Infodemic

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 visualization dashboards to keep track of false COVID-19 claims from around the web.

The COVID-19 Misinformation Dashboard on this page tracks and visualizes debunked coronavirus claims (a.k.a. “fake news’) from a network of trusted fact checkers from around the world.

How to use the COVID-19 Misinformation Dashboard

  1. Use the drop down menu to narrow your search parameters or click on any of the data points on any of the charts.
  2. Hover your mouse over the tree map to examine the various types of COVID-19 misinformation that is circulating around the web.
  3. Click on any of the rectangles in the tree map to see that specific piece of misinformation.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom to find the URL(s) linked to each of the debunked pieces of #misinformation.
  5. To go back, click on the little back arrow button in the upper left corner of the chart.
  6. To reset the entire dashboard, use the reload page button in your browser.
  7. For example: If you want to see all of the debunked claims from Donald Trump: 1) go to the drop down menu “Source of the Claim”, 2) locate the source of the claim, in this case it’s “donald trump”, 3) click the “Only” button and then, 4) click on any of the rectangles in the tree map, finally 5) click on any of the URL(s) for more info.

Best Viewed in a Chrome Browser on a Laptop or Desktop Computer.

Additional Fact Checking Resources

Also check out the following awesome misinformation resources to inoculate yourself against an infodemic:

For up-to-date information and additional resources on COVID-19, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.