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UN launches campaign to combat Covid-19 misinformation

Published Oct 22, 2020

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CAPE TOWN - #PledgetoPause is a campaign by the UN aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 misinformation.

During the early days of the pandemic, wild conspiracy theories began sprouting online about the virus.

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Several months later into the pandemic, covid-19 misinformation is spreading at almost the same rate as the virus itself.

This has sparked what UN Secretary General António Guterres calls a “communications emergency” caused by false information disseminated on social media.

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Guterres said the #PledgetoPause campaign is based on research which indicates that taking a brief pause before sharing information can significantly lessen the inclination to share shocking or emotive material, and slow the spread of misinformation.

“During the

Covid-19

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China has some of the world’s strictest laws against the spread of misinformation. The Philippines and Vietnam have passed similar laws this year.

While in Serbia a journalist was arrested in April for reporting about a lack of personal protective equipment at a hospital under a new law that limits the sharing of news about Covid-19.

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