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.