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Combating Misinformation and Rumours

Combating Misinformation and Rumours


PERSPECTIVE

Across the full spectrum of Development issues, and the full range of communication, public engagement and media strategies, ill-founded rumours and misinformation are a major problem. Using COVID-19 as a very current example: How can we best respond? Which strategies could be adopted? Drawing from knowledge shared across The CI platform, please critique and comment on the learning, analysis and proposed strategies that follow.


THE CHALLENGE

COVID-19 is highly fertile ground for misinformation and rumours, whether accidental and unintended or deliberate and malicious. We all need help to make sense of the mass of information that is being blasted at every one of us.

COVID-19 came upon us quickly. There was no built-up body of knowledge. The reputable information about COVID-19 kept changing and keeps evolving on some vitally important matters – for example:

Contacts (user reference): 

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