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How a combination of COVID lawsuits and media coverage keeps misinformation churning

Jul 14, 2023
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, litigation — whether about vaccines, masks or a range of other public health policies made during the pandemic — isn’t about to end.
People protest against COVID-19 mandates in September 2021 in New York City. Even as the pandemic wanes, COVID litigation is far from over.
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Facebook, Twitter and more crack down on violent rhetoric, election misinformation

Social media companies are now in the business of trying to swat down misinformation, as is clear from the 2020 election.
Since Election Day, Twitter has put about a third of President Donald Trump’s tweets behind a fact-check label.
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WhatsApp's privacy features make it a hotbed for COVID-19 hoaxes

Mar 23, 2020
The app is impossible to search for conspiracy theories in order to stop their spread.
Pro-Trump extremists are joining smaller, private messaging groups on encrypted messaging apps. It might be a good thing, because then the virality of disinformation is contained, but it can also be a bad thing if law enforcement can't see their next move.
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Coronavirus: Can artificial intelligence be smart enough to detect fake news?

Feb 12, 2020
Misinformation has been spreading online, in some places seemingly faster than the disease itself.
Apple's new privacy labels on apps are like nutritional labels: They're there to read, but will people pay attention?
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CFL faux pas from an ecological intelligence expert

Jul 7, 2009
I just enjoyed the first 45 minutes of a Minnesota Public Radio call-in show. Daniel Goleman is touting his book, "Ecological Intelligence: How...