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We are all currently going through a challenging period: while fighting the pandemic, we are also trying to stay positive and read only useful articles on the topic.
However, we should ...
When reading an article, you might want to consider checking its source. It is very often that journalists reinterpret the original findings according to their own point of view.
Being positive that you can trust articles on topics as important as the current pandemic is of great relief.
This is why you should try reading reports that include comments from the ...
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The spread of misinformation on social media, which is leading to confusion, fear and violent incidents across the globe is the new information pandemic(infodemic) due to social media platforms like TikTok, among others.
Social media companies are already aware of the dangers of misinformation from the 2016 U.S. Elections and are under the radar for their actions to fight this menace.
Social media remains ‘infected’ with false information, conspiracy theories, miracle cures and unverified rumours about the virus. The World Health Organization(WHO) has initiated a collaboration with the big tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google to check on the spread of misinformation. It has also worked with Chinese companies like Tencent and Weibo for weeding out misinformation.
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When you encounter a new claim, look for conflicts of interest. Ask: Do they stand to profit from what they say? Are they affiliated with an organization that could be swaying them? Other questions to consider: What makes the writer or speaker qualified to comment on the topic? What statements have they made in the past?
Is a cognitive bias that makes our feeling towards someone affect how we judge their claims. If we dislike someone, we are a lot more likely to disagree with them; if we like them, we are biased to agree.
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The organic and unpredictable nature of conspiracy theories had led many researchers to investigate the cause of the phenomenon.
Every society has its own, unique anxieties and obsessions, and the conspiracy theories that gain good mileage are the ones that tap into these primal fears.
Example: Many people fear vaccination of the children due to fears that the mass drive to vaccinate such a large population has some ulterior motive, like a mass medical experiment. The dodgy past record of the health care system, and the fact that the vaccination is free of charge, of course, adds fuel to the fire.
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