As coronavirus spread, so did a wave of misinformation about it - but how far does it go in misleading the public and undermining democracy and governments?
As coronavirus spread around the world so did a wave of misinformation about it. From untested home remedies to misleading videos adding confusion and concern about what can and can’t be trusted. Platforms such as Facebook and Google have, for the first time, taken a tougher stance on what is shared online. But is it up to them and are they doing enough? Political rumours, propaganda and conspiracy theories are nothing new particularly on social media – but how far does the disordering of information go in misleading the public and undermining democracy and governments?
Professor Rasmus Nielson, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University
Jevin West, Director of the Centre For An Informed Public at the University of Washington and co-author of the book The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World.
Presented by Zeinab Badawi.