Misinformation

This post shares the WHO advice on misinformation.

As the world responds to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we face the challenge of an overabundance of information related to the virus. Some of this information may be false and potentially harmful.

Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted sources, such as their local health authority or WHO.

However, everyone can help to stop the spread. If you see content online that you believe to be false or misleading, you can report it to the hosting social media platform. 

Here’s how to do it

Facebook How do I mark a Facebook post as false news?

YouTubeReport inappropriate content

TwitterReport a tweet, list, or direct message

InstagramReduce the spread of false information

WhatsAppHow to report a contact or a group

TikTokReport inappropriate content

LinkedInRecognizing and reporting spam, inappropriate, and abusive content

ViberHow to report inappropriate content

VKHow do I report misleading information

WHO works with the Government of the United Kingdom to tackle misinformation

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WHO has joined forces with its communications teams to raise awareness of misinformation around COVID-19 and encourage individuals to report false or misleading content online.

This cooperation started with  the joint  Stop the Spread campaign in May-June 2020, which encouraged the use of trusted sources such as WHO and national health authorities for accurate COVID-19 information. The new phase of the joint campaign focuses on proactively identifying and reporting potentially wrong or misleading information, as part of WHO’s efforts to address the spread of inaccurate and harmful information during the pandemic.

Learn more about inaccurate information on theWHO myth busters pages.

Visit our infodemiology pages to familiarize yourself with this emerging field of science.

Play Go Viral! to uncover the latest tactics used to spread false information, build your resistance to misinformation and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Go Viral! is brought to you by the Government of the United Kingdom and the University of Cambridge. 

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