Rumors and Misinformation

This is a curated collection of tools and materials that can guide and provide examples on how to understand, track, address rumors and misinformation around COVID-19.

June 1, 2020

CoronaCombat: Leveraging Games for COVID-19 Awareness

Digital Tool, SBC Materials

CoronaCombat is a free video game that raises awareness and provides accurate information on the new coronavirus and related COVID-19 disease.

May 28, 2020

Building Trust while Influencing Online COVID-19 Content in the Social Media World

Print, Reports and Studies

In this article, the authors discuss some ways in which social media has undermined effective responses to COVID-19. They consider how various groups could respond to these challenges—especially government leaders, social media companies, and healthcare providers.

Social Media Rumour Bulletin

Print, Reports and Studies

Internews works with Translators without Borders and Standby Task Force to collect and analyse rumours and misinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease. Data is being collected in six languages across Asia including: Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Urdu. These bulletins are intended for use by journalists and community workers.

May 22, 2020


Tools, Web Resource

Verified is an initiative of the United Nations, in collaboration with Purpose, to provide content that cuts through the noise to deliver life-saving information, fact-based advice and stories from the best of humanity. it is an initiative to encourage everyone to check the advice we share. Users register to receive trustworthy COVID-19 information, fact-based advice, and human-interest stories.

YouTube as a Source of Information on COVID-19: A Pandemic of Misinformation?

Print, Reports and Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic is this century’s largest public health emergency and its successful management relies on the effective dissemination of factual information. As a social media platform with billions of daily views, YouTube has tremendous potential to both support and hinder public health efforts. However, the usefulness and accuracy of most viewed YouTube videos on COVID-19 have not been investigated.

One by One: Target COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit

Tools, Web Resource

This page offers Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter resources to encourage people to practice social distancing and help spread accurate information on COVID-19. Users can copy and paste into their own feed. One can also download an image.

May 21, 2020

Internews COVID-19 Microsite

Resource Centers, Web Resource

With funding from the H2H Network, Internews is responding to the spread of COVID-19 by combatting the spread of rumours and misinformation. This project aims to support busy newsrooms/journalists with the resources and content they need to responsibly address misinformation in this crisis.

May 19, 2020

Actions to Support Media, Enhance Access to Information, and Leverage Digital Technologies in the Fight Against the Pandemic

Guidance Document, Web Resource

In a context of unprecedented challenges for the media and digital technology sectors, UNESCO has created a “resource center” of selected responses to COVID-19.

May 14, 2020

Technical Brief: COVID-19 Rumor Tracking Guidance for Field Teams

Guidance Document, Technical Briefs

This is a short guide, with important steps and resources, on how country programs can track and address rumors around COVID-19 (as needed). The guide includes a number of great resources and links while also sharing nuggets from global, collective thinking around rumors.

May 13, 2020

Coronavirus: The Seven Types of People who Start and Spread Viral Misinformation

Analysis, Web Resource

BBC Media have investigated hundreds of misleading stories during the pandemic. It’s given them an idea about who is behind misinformation – and what motivates them.

Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation

Analysis, Print

This factsheet uses a sample of fact-checks to identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far.

May 8, 2020

Avoid Fake News Video

SBC Materials, Video

This short video in Tagalog describes how fake news related to COVID-19 spread online and how to deal with this misinformation. It also emphasizes on getting the right information from […]

May 7, 2020

Coronavirus: Here’s How You can Stop Bad Information from Going Viral

SBC Materials, Web Resource

A UK parliamentary sub-committee is asking members of the public to submit examples. The committee has particularly requested submissions of disinformation spread in private groups and closed apps such as WhatsApp. Meanwhile, experts are calling on the public to practice “information hygiene”.

May 1, 2020

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control

Resource Centers

This page is aimed at helping the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

April 30, 2020

Systematic Literature Review on the Spread of Health-related Misinformation on Social Media

Reports and Studies

In order to uncover the current evidence and better understand the mechanism of misinformation spread, the authors report a systematic review of the nature and potential drivers of health-related misinformation.

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