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Talking to a loved one who is spreading misinformation or conspiracy theories

26 April 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 what about when a loved one is sharing false information? It’s difficult, but don’t brush it off. They may think the false information is true and they might believe it’s important to share it. That makes it hard to start a conversation, but the first step is deciding to address it.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula, but there are a few tips that might help.

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