How to identify disinformation around Covid-19

During times of crisis, the growing demand for information and clarity creates opportunities for spreading disinformation. As the demand for reliable and regular information outstrips the supply of guidance and advice by national authorities, the gap is filled by other, unofficial and unverified, sources of information.

To combat disinformation campaigns, governments can streamline their provision of regular and clear information to the public and invest in boosting media literacy among the population. For businesses, strengthening capacity to verify and authenticate information will be critical.

To support this effort, this article provides six tips for identifying disinformation in the news and social media.