Reading Time: < 1 minuteAs fear grows, the current COVID-19 pandemic is also seeing a growth in the spread of misinformation and 'fake news'. Well before the outbreak of the virus, UNESCO was issuing warnings of the impact of data and the "contamination" caused by some orchestrated misinformation campaigns.
"When disinformation is repeated and amplified, including by influential people, the grave danger is that information which is based on truth, ends up having only marginal impact."– explains Guy Berger, Director for Policies and Strategies regarding Communication and Information at UNESCO.
Fortunately, governments from countries like Taiwan have developed new ways to address this.