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COVID-19 Resources: Fake News

Guide focusing on resources to gain additional information regarding COVID-19.

Fake News & COVID-19

This page contains information regarding Fake News and Covid-19 and was created in collaboration with Sheri Edwards. Be sure to check out her full guide, "Fake News (and what to do about it!)" below! 

Evaluate What you Read & See

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Additional tips provided by the BBC: 

  • Question who is the original person claiming or originally sharing the info. 
    • If there is no name, no organization, and no source then proceed with caution since official accounts and authorities can be impersonated. Look for clues like mismatched fonts or capital letters that do not belong. Go to the official source and if you cannot easily find confirmation of the original post, it may have been a fake. 
  • Unsure if it's true? Don't share. 
    • Avoid "just in case" sharing; if you do share with experts, make your doubts known. 
  • Check each fact, individually. 
    • Avoid grouping together all facts presented to you as "true" if you only know for sure one of them is. Make sure all are true before passing along. 
  • Beware emotional posts.
    • Emotional posts get people active, whether out of fear, anger, or love; take a moment to breathe if you need to and then evaluate with an open and curious mind. 

Source: BBC | Coronavirus: Here's how you can stop bad information from going viral

BBC | Coronavirus: How can you stop the spread of misinformation?

Reporting Misinformation

Fact Checkers

    

FactCheck.org: A  nonpartisan, non-profit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Coronavirus factchecks available on this platform, but to see their Coronavirus coverage guide or SciCheck feature, check out the two resources immediately below. 

 

FactCheck.org: Coronavirus Coverage: a guide to FactCheck.org's coverage of coronavirus facts. 

 

FactCheck.org: SciCheck: The SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. 

 

Politifact: Owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Poliifact is a non-profit national news organization. Uses Truth-o-meter to present the relative accuracy of the statement. 

 

PunditFact: A project of the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.

 

Snopes: A  non-partisan reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.