As the virus continues to sweep across the world, we have put together essential resources for those interested in tackling the coronavirus infodemic. On this page, you can find information on what the online platforms are doing to combat coronavirus mis and disinformation. You can find content on the narratives, trends, and strategies defining the infodemic, whether that’s via our weekly Disinfo Updates or research. Moreover, we have dedicated sections on free tools to use, commentary on the infodemic, as well as its impact on our societies. 

This page will be updated regularly. All resources are also available to view in this spreadsheet

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As the infodemic captures the world, old and new conspiracy theories find a way to take over the public debate. Thanks to our monitoring of independently fact-checked disinformation from France, Italy, and Spain, we have noticed that similar patterns are emerging regarding the types of conspiracy theories deliberately related to COVID-19.

Highlights

Online platforms' responses to the infodemic

Public authorities tackling the infodemic

Fact-checking & Journalism

Searchable libraries

Resources for journalists

Insights

Funding opportunities

Investigative Research

COVID-19 disinformation narratives and trends

COVID-19 disinformation actors and amplifiers

Identity polarisation

  • Coda Story has an exclusive on new research detailing how a series of Twitter hashtags have pushed Islamophobic disinformation to 170 million users since the outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Centre for Countering Digital Hate’s investigation on how the British far-right are blaming Muslims for the coronavirus.
  • In a co-investigation by BBC Click and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, authors indicate how both extremist political and fringe medical communities have tried to exploit the pandemic online.

Conspiracy theories

Case studies

Foreign influence

Insights

Safeguarding democracy and fundamental rights

Empowering internet users

Access to credible information

  • Combating the disinfodemic: Working for truth in the time of COVID-19 – We have contributed to two UNESCO policy briefs that offer critical insights into the fast-growing COVID-19-related disinformation that is impeding access to trustworthy sources and reliable information.
  • NewsGuard’s Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center: Attempts to list news and information sites in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy and Germany that are identified as publishing materially false information about the Coronavirus, as well as sites with unvetted, poorly sourced stories that have turned out to be false.
  • For The Atlantic, Renee DiResta argues that health experts do not understand how information moves online, which prevents them from effectively filling COVID-19 knowledge gaps and instead feeds into the popularity of unreliable (often misinformative) sources.
  • According to commentators for Slate, the battle faced by authoritative sources to provide accurate information on COVID-19 is complexified by the fast-changing landscape of scientific findings, facts, and uncertainties. This makes accuracy hard to attain due to the novelty of the virus.
  • Google and the Cost of ‘Data Voids’ during a Pandemic: This piece explores the impact of data voids — a lack of relevant information for search terms — which can increase users’ chances of exposure to mis/disinformation.

Tools free to use

Impact of the Infodemic

Public opinion and COVID-19 disinformation, conspiracies, and false cures

The human cost of the Infodemic

Public trust in healthcare professionals