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Not calling out friends’ and family’s COVID-19 vaccine falsehoods on WhatsApp can further the spread of misinformation – here’s why we don’t correct them
When people see COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on online personal messaging platforms and don’t speak up, this can boost the legitimacy of false claims and further their spread. So why don’t we correct our peers?
School of Social Sciences and Humanities academics awarded grant for research project on Pandemic Communication in times of Populism
Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis, Sabina Mihelj, and Senior Lecturer Dr Vaclav Stetka have been awarded an ESRC/Transatlantic Partnership grant, worth c. £700,000, to conduct a project entitled ‘Pandemic Communication in Times of Populism: Building Resilient Media and Ensuring Effective Pandemic Communication in Divided Societies’.
COVID misinformation is a health risk – tech companies need to remove harmful content not tweak their algorithms
Many worldwide have now caught COVID. But during the pandemic many more are likely to have encountered something else that’s been spreading virally: misinformation. False information has plagued the COVID response, erroneously convincing people that the virus isn’t harmful, of the merits of various ineffective treatments, or of false dangers associated with vaccines.