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The Business of Deception
2020-2022 By AVAAZ (based on research by)
The spread of misinformation online is a growing problem — but how can it be fixed?
The online activism organisation Avaaz researched misinformation posted on Facebook about climate change and the Coronavirus pandemic. They found that pre-internet climate change denial techniques have moved online and that confusing information about the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe is consistently not taken down, despite it being flagged as misinformation. Algorithms that sort, amplify and tag information in a crisis can change the nature of the information we read and share. When platforms fail to moderate false content and don’t change the algorithms that are weighted toward attention, it can even change the course of a crisis.