Everything you need to know to debunk coronavirus-related disinformation without amplifying it

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The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by an unprecedented infodemic — the viral spread of false information about the disease and our response to it. To date, at least 600 people have died attempting deadly coronavirus “cures”, such as drinking bootleg alcohol or bleach.

Reporting on coronavirus-related disinformation responsibly is no easy feat, but I’ve put together some handy tips for journalists and fact-checkers on how to fight the infodemic without inadvertently amplifying it.

1. If you are fact-checking, do not frame your headline as a question❓

As tempting as it is to use a question in the headline to get more hits, avoiding it could help reach audiences beyond your echo chamber.

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Donara Barojan

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