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When friends and family share false information

Posted on Mar 16 2021

The coronavirus outbreak sparked what the WHO described as an "infodemic", with Dr Mike Ryan calling for “a vaccine against false information”. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against false information. But, just as we have adopted new behaviours to limit the spread of Covid-19, there are some media literacy behaviours that we can adopt to limit the spread of false information. But how can we address the issue of false information being spread by those close to us, without getting caught up in a dinner table dilemma or a Facebook fight?

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