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

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.

According to BBC Media, gere are seven types of people who start and spread falsehoods:

  1. The joker
  2. The scammer
  3. The politician
  4. The conspiracy theorist
  5. The insider
  6. The relative
  7. The celebrity

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

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

    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”.

    Here are the ways in which the article states one can stop bad information from going viral:

    1. Stop and think
    2. Check your source
    3. Could it be a fake?
    4. Unsure whether it’s true? Don’t share
    5. Check each fact, individually
    6. Beware emotional posts
    7. Think about biases

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

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    Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola (BBC Media)

    This practice briefing sets out what BBC Media Action learned in delivering and supporting health communication in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014–15. It has a particular focus on Sierra Leone as this was the hub of the organization’s response.

    Source: Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola

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