Fighting Disinformation amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The fact that many Latin American countries share one language allows for disinformation and “noticias falsas” (fake news) to easily be disseminated throughout the region. In order to combat this, our Latin America office held the first “Media Literacy Festival”, aiming to emphasize the importance of identifying and fighting disinformation.

The Disinformation Trap

Most people believe that they are well informed, yet many of them distrust news sources. This is one of the results of a study by Kantar (Emnid), commissioned by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

International survey: Disinformation permeates societies worldwide

Bill Gates supposedly bought the WHO and the coronavirus is in reality a Chinese bio-weapon. The “infodemic” of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus is giving rise to a multitude of outrageous false reports - with far-reaching consequences, as a representative global study, conducted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, shows.

Misinformation and Healthcare: The Infodemic in India

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19), has been spreading across India and the world. However, there is something else spreading with a similar virality—fake news and misinformation. False data, miracle cures, conspiracy theories and religious discrimination have gained traction as they circulate on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Training fact-checkers to fight “Fake News"

According to a survey by the market research company Ipsos, four out of five Turkish citizens have encountered Fake News at least once. Interestingly, most blame the print media for the spread of Fake News and has a relatively high trust in the social media. This is surprising because most Fake News actually originate in the social networks.