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Building a model for collaborating to combat misinformation crises

Building a model for collaborating to combat misinformation crises

By Staff Writer

Building a model for collaborating to combat misinformation crises22 September 2020 | Phoebe Arnold and Nicola AitkenThe coronavirus pandemic has prompted a slew of measures attempting to grapple with huge volumes and newly challenging kinds of misinformation—from internet companies, fact checkers, governments and public health bodies. Most internet companies improved the supply of high quality, relevant information from local official sources on their platforms, and quickly released clear guidelines on non-acceptable content about Covid-19. Governments invested in digital public information campaigns and established special units to combat disinformation. With the support of Facebook, we are creating a working group with representatives from fact checkers, internet companies, governments around the world and civil society. In the coming weeks and months, we will announce the names of those who are joining the working group and publish a number of papers on the issues that we are working through and discussing.