Resources around misinformation and disinformation. Links to fact checking sites, dealing with COVID-19 disinformation and social media and misinformation.

Fact Checking Sites Misinformation and COVID-19 Social Media and apps to fight misinformation

Fact Checking Sites

All these resources are ideal for those of us short of time and need quick, snappy answers to questions.

BBC Reality Check https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/reality_check

Channel 4 Fact Check https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck

The Ferret Fact Service is Scotland’s first non-partisan fact checking service. https://theferret.scot/ferret-fact-service/

Science Media Centre http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/

Full Fact Full Fact is an independent, nonpartisan team of independent fact checkers. Website https://fullfact.org/

If you have WhatsApp, chat with Full Fact direct to check out claims: https://fullfact.org/blog/2020/sep/full-fact-whatsapp-uk/

International Fact Checking Network’s database of fact checks on COVID-19 from around the world: https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/

Sense about Science: an independent charity that champions the public interest in sound science. General website is very useful: https://senseaboutscience.org/

If you have a bit more time. the charity’s ‘Ask for Evidence* ’ tool offers guidance to allow you to check a claim yourself: https://www.askforevidence.org/index

The WHO’s newsroom’s Let’s flatten the infodemic curve page on how to tell the difference between reliable and unreliable information: https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/let-s-flatten-the-infodemic-curve

WHO COVID Mythbusters page – from drinking bleach to ultra-violet lamps, a handy collection of COVID myths debunked:https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters  

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) – How to Spot Fake News – COVID 19 edition:https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/93015

Misinformation and COVID-19

Check out misleading/false claims on social media around COVID-19: https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus/

Guidance on how to fact-check

claims around COVID-19: https://fullfact.org/health/how-to-fact-check-coronavirus/

Social Media and apps to fight misinformation

Facebook: tips to spot false news: https://www.facebook.com/help/188118808357379

How to check if an image you have seen on social media is real: three quick ways to verify images on a smartphone : https://gijn.org/2018/02/27/3-quick-ways-verify-images-smartphone/

Instagram: reducing the spread of false information: https://help.instagram.com/1735798276553028

RAND Corporation Fighting Disinformation Project. A comprehensive list of online tools to combat disinformation: https://www.rand.org/research/projects/truth-decay/fighting-disinformation/search.html

WhatsApp how to use its fact-checking tool https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-whatsapp-fact-check?r=US&IR=T ·

WhatsApp fact-checking tool link: https://blog.whatsapp.com/search-the-web
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