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Ipsos MORI | Tackling conspiracy theories

Conspiracy Theories have recently been top of mind, with many considering that their impact on areas such as vaccine uptake are having serious societal consequences. But while there has been significant research into the possible causes, as well as who develops and perpetuates them, there has been little investigation into the wider public’s relationship with them. Until now.

Ipsos MORI’s new report on Conspiracy Theories highlights the danger of only focusing on the vocal minority and how this risks a skewed understanding of the issues and potentially fails to combat misinformation across the general population.

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How to respond to Corona misinformation

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There's a lot of misinformation about the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak being shared in the silos of messaging apps. This means it's harder to search for them in an attempt to verify their validity. People who share them aren't doing it to cause harm, quite the opposite, they are sharing them because they believe it will help their friends and loved ones.

Various claims about drinking hot water, gargling with a hot water saline solution, and going into the sun are all things that hasn't proven to do anything in terms of avoiding getting the virus, or alleviating it if you are already infected.

If your friends or family share these things with you on chats or email, please tell them that none of these things are proven to work, and that the consequences of following the advice from these copy/paste jobs vary from mostly harmless (drink hot drinks), to potentially harmful to you or others (if you have a runny nose, then you don't have coronavirus).

There's a few things you can do to respond in a way that can help convince them these statements are not true, and that they should stop sharing them as if they are. One of them is pointing them to one of the many sites that are debunking the claims with supported material and science:

Stay safe, stay home and help stop the rumors and the outbreak from spreading.

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"Trust, Verification, Fact Checking & Beyond: MisinfoCon is a global movement focused on building solutions to online trust, verification, fact checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing misinformation in all of its forms. It started as a large gathering at MIT in February 2017. That gathering brought together ambassadors from technology platforms, news organizations, as well as experts in social science, media literacy, policy, advocacy, cybersecurity and more."

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