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EduCheck Map: Database about critical thinking and media, data, and misinformation literacy
Media Ethics: This class familiarizes students with some of the ethical issues journalists face as they strive to be accurate, fair and clear.
Seis recomendaciones para combatir la desinformación relacionada con el coronavirus
Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers
Well-made disinformation is emotionally intelligent: There are three particular problem areas. Misleading health tips recommend that vitamin C, hot water or ginger can kill the virus. Or that you have to hold your breath for ten seconds and if you don’t cough, you don’t have the coronavirus. In the worst case, people might misjudge their health risk.
The second major danger is trivialisation. These are often not complete inventions, but videos of individual doctors, for example, who demonstratively talk about the coronavirus in a relaxed manner. They paint a picture of scare tactics. This is not necessarily disinformation, but rather it hides why governments take the virus so seriously: To prevent the collapse of the healthcare system due to too many concurrent diseases. The other arguments are simply faded out. This is not ‘fake news’. It is a one-sided presentation. Sometimes there are also really false details, such as what percentage of those infected show severe symptoms.
And then there is also politically motivated misinformation, for example, that an asylum seeker spat on fruit. There we see how freeloaders exploit the situation to return to old scapegoats. We see similar things with misinformation about Bill Gates and other billionaires, “the elite.” Such allegations also lead to the question of the extent to which anti-Semitic narratives play a role.