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# Misinformation

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From baking soda to urine: How home remedies around the world were repackaged as Covid-19 'cures'
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
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? 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
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
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
The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online
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
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
And is it here to stay?
FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
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
Join 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
Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.
Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
The clinical lead for the HSE told that such false stories harm our collective action to fight this virus.
Poll: Are you worried about misinformation around the coronavirus?
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
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
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
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
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.'s toolkit for spotting false news
Here are some simple practical tools anyone can use to identify misinformation.
Wealthier countries have less faith in vaccines, survey finds
91% of Irish people agreed that vaccines are important for children to have.
13-month-old admitted to intensive care after parents influenced by anti-vaccine material online
The boy was admitted to University Hospital Galway.
Doctors want cannabis risks highlighted, but campaigners says debate is conflating medicinal and recreational use
Medical experts said the government was ‘sleepwalking’ its way into supporting cannabis use in Ireland.
Twitter and Facebook ban hundreds of accounts in crackdown on Iran, Russia misinformation
Mark Zuckerberg called the deception campaigns “sophisticated and well-funded efforts that aren’t going to stop”.
Facebook publishes ads in newspapers warning people about fake news
Misinformation spread via the social network is thought to have influenced the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote.
Tiger's back, with a new caddy! But where does all this leave Foley?
Tiger Woods announced last night that he’ll be making his return to competitive golf. It’s a move that may mark yet more changes to his entourage.