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#Misinformation

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Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage

Sep 18th 2020, 5:23 PM 27,014 Views 36 Comments

The Covid-19 swab is not powerful enough to break through bone, a professor said.

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest
# Coronavirus Protest
# Coronavirus Protest

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest

Sep 12th 2020, 7:13 PM 92,681 Views 295 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said that misinformation “has been a problem from the outset” of the pandemic.

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

Sep 11th 2020, 5:40 PM 57,080 Views 0 Comments

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

Sep 8th 2020, 4:08 PM 159,515 Views 114 Comments

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died because of the virus in Ireland.

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

Sep 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 139,055 Views 60 Comments

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
# Debunk
# Debunk

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Aug 28th 2020, 3:52 PM 2,581 Views 0 Comments

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Aug 28th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,181 Views 21 Comments

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?
# Echo Chamber
# Echo Chamber

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Aug 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,940 Views 63 Comments

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How do you spot fake news? Here are some practical tips
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

How do you spot fake news? Here are some practical tips

Aug 16th 2020, 12:04 AM 20,787 Views 36 Comments

A large amount of misinformation has been shared in Ireland and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From baking soda to urine: How home remedies around the world were repackaged as Covid-19 'cures'
# Misinformation And Ireland
# Misinformation And Ireland

From baking soda to urine: How home remedies around the world were repackaged as Covid-19 'cures'

Aug 16th 2020, 12:03 AM 17,577 Views 19 Comments

The urge to stop Covid-19 created its own genre of misinformation during the pandemic.

From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation

Aug 16th 2020, 12:01 AM 22,910 Views 11 Comments

There have been countless claims made about Covid-19. We examined the origins of a select few.

Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online?

Aug 15th 2020, 9:33 AM 23,777 Views 63 Comments

TheJournal.ie is publishing a series of articles about misinformation this weekend.

'I was speaking to my friend who is a guard...': How Covid-19 misinformation exploded in Ireland
# Infodemic
# Infodemic

'I was speaking to my friend who is a guard...': How Covid-19 misinformation exploded in Ireland

Aug 15th 2020, 12:05 AM 113,929 Views 102 Comments

The story of coronavirus in Ireland can’t be told without also talking about the amount of misinformation that was shared about it.

'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves

Aug 15th 2020, 12:03 AM 65,622 Views 26 Comments

The story behind one of the most infamous myths of the pandemic.

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote

Aug 15th 2020, 12:02 AM 52,258 Views 15 Comments

The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online

Aug 6th 2020, 7:02 AM 29,249 Views 89 Comments

Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Jul 10th 2020, 1:00 PM 6,992 Views 15 Comments

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 7,972 Views 15 Comments

And is it here to stay?

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

Updated Jul 3rd 2020, 10:55 AM 93,520 Views 101 Comments

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# EP Webinar
# EP Webinar

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:45 PM 34,161 Views 0 Comments

Join TheJournal.ie and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter

Jun 19th 2020, 9:15 AM 63,679 Views 127 Comments

Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.

Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts
# Mark Zuckerberg
# Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts

Jun 17th 2020, 7:14 AM 16,264 Views 14 Comments

The platform continues to face criticism for not removing or labelling posts by Trump that that spread misinformation.

'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe'
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe'

Jun 16th 2020, 3:00 PM 9,056 Views 12 Comments

Meanwhile, problems with search engines have largely fallen under the public radar, writes FuJo’s Dr Eileen Culloty.

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

Jun 5th 2020, 6:05 AM 28,854 Views 24 Comments

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump

May 27th 2020, 7:07 AM 29,573 Views 61 Comments

Trump claimed postal voting would be “fraudulent” and that “mail boxes will be robbed”.

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland
# Fall In Demand
# Fall In Demand

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland

Updated May 20th 2020, 3:58 PM 111,831 Views 53 Comments

Talc powder sales have fallen dramatically due to misinformation, the company said.

Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19

May 13th 2020, 6:20 AM 28,887 Views 191 Comments

The 26-minute video was viewed millions of times before social media giants took it down.

'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation

Apr 18th 2020, 12:31 PM 36,546 Views 71 Comments

This comes as the UN chief issued a warning that the world faces a misinformation epidemic about Covid-19.

New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19
# Incoming Message
# Incoming Message

New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19

Apr 7th 2020, 10:49 AM 31,213 Views 48 Comments

Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

Mar 31st 2020, 4:46 PM 4,216 Views 1 Comment

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading
# False Claims
# False Claims

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading

Mar 30th 2020, 3:34 PM 54,659 Views 29 Comments

A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.

World Health Organization launches a coronavirus WhatsApp service
# WHO Health Alert
# WHO Health Alert

World Health Organization launches a coronavirus WhatsApp service

Mar 21st 2020, 10:40 AM 125,317 Views 50 Comments

This is to fight misinformation that has been spreading like wildfire on social media, mostly on WhatsApp.

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?

Mar 19th 2020, 6:00 PM 25,781 Views 38 Comments

One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.

Twitter to delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Twitter to delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice

Mar 19th 2020, 7:31 AM 6,989 Views 18 Comments

The site said tweets which place people at risk of contracting the illness would contravene its safety rules.

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs

Mar 15th 2020, 9:28 PM 307,900 Views 46 Comments

The clinical lead for the HSE told TheJournal.ie that such false stories harm our collective action to fight this virus.

Poll: Are you worried about misinformation around the coronavirus?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you worried about misinformation around the coronavirus?

Mar 12th 2020, 11:02 AM 23,630 Views 67 Comments

Separating fact from fiction can be difficult with the level of speculation on social media.

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true
# Debunked
# Debunked

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true

Feb 28th 2020, 3:53 PM 82,806 Views 32 Comments

That WhatsApp message you got might sound believable – but check it out for yourself before sharing it.

YouTube says it will remove election-related videos that are 'manipulated' to mislead voters
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

YouTube says it will remove election-related videos that are 'manipulated' to mislead voters

Feb 4th 2020, 7:14 AM 5,750 Views 17 Comments

The move comes amid growing concern about so-called “deepfake” videos altered by using artificial intelligence.

Twitter and Pinterest step up efforts to tackle voter misinformation in US elections
# US Elections 2020
# US Elections 2020

Twitter and Pinterest step up efforts to tackle voter misinformation in US elections

Jan 31st 2020, 8:18 AM 4,797 Views 9 Comments

Twitter unveiled a new tool that will make it easier for American users to report tweets containing misleading information.

'Organic but organised': How misinformation is spreading in the UK election campaign
# Going Viral
# Going Viral

'Organic but organised': How misinformation is spreading in the UK election campaign

Dec 11th 2019, 7:50 PM 22,329 Views 24 Comments

A photo of a young boy on a hospital floor and a punch-that-wasn’t have shaped the debate ahead of tomorrow’s election.