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Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation: Preventive Product Recommendations for Social Media Platforms   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Although online disinformation and misinformation about the coronavirus are different--the former is the intentional spreading of false or misleading information and the latter is the unintentional sharing of the same--both are a serious threat to public health. Social media platforms have facilitated an informational environment that, in combination with other factors, has complicated the public health response, enabled widespread confusion, and contributed to loss of life during the pandemic. Looking ahead, the Center for American Progress expects disinformation and misinformation about the coronavirus to shift and worsen. As public health conditions vary more widely across the United States, this geographic variation will be an ideal vector for malicious actors to exploit. Without robust local media ecosystems, it will be especially difficult for social media platforms to moderate place-based disinformation and misinformation."

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