Review: United Nations seeks to counter COVID-19 misinformation with digital first responders

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Review: United Nations seeks to counter COVID-19 misinformation with digital first responders

Review: United Nations seeks to counter COVID-19 misinformation with digital first responders

This article highlights the United Nations’ initiative to enlist millions of “digital first responders” to combat misinformation about COVID-19 with verified, evidence-based information.

Misinformation about COVID-19 is rampantly spreading through digital channels, which creates confusion and uncertainty and hinders public health responses. A new and sophisticated response is warranted to combat the compelling false information circulating. Hence, the United Nations has launched a new initiative called Verified that uses volunteers from around the world to share fact-checked information with people in their social networks. Simple, compelling messages that counter misinformation and direct individuals to reputable health sources are shared through social media platforms. The idea is to empower lay people to spread factual, trusted information to their family and friends.

|2020-06-16T09:32:35-04:00June 16th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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