6 tips to fight COVID-19 misinformation
1. Get the whole story, not just a headline.
One click can help you spot misinformation.
Read the whole story and watch out for images, numbers, quotes, and dates that don’t have sources, are outdated, or lack context.
2. A trusted source is your safest option.
Does the source have a reputation for accuracy?
What is their motivation and where are they located?
Check their “About” page or do a quick search to learn more.
You can also check whether public health authorities confirm or contradict the information.
3. Share facts, not rumours.
Misinformation on COVID-19 often spreads on websites made to look like the real thing.
Look for the little clues that point to misinformation – fake URLs, bad spelling, or awkward layouts.
4. Get the full context from credible sources.
Look for other reports from credible sources to verify that the story contains accurate information from health authorities.
5. If an inaccurate story was just shared by a friend or family member...
Send them a private message to inform them.
If it’s already getting a lot of likes and comments, make a gentle public correction that includes a link to factual information.
6. Pause before you share.
Some stories may be short on facts, but use strong, emotional language to evoke a strong reaction.
Check for accuracy before you share.
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