With Ukraine under quarantine, social media has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the health ministry and the government to keep the public up to date on the latest developments.
But the risk of falling for fake news in social media is high, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are staying home, spending more time online and are worrying about their health.
Sometimes, the fake news comes from sites and accounts pushing groundless conspiracy theories to discourage people from listening to scientists. Other times, publications twist the facts or use manipulative images. And some attempt to turn a profit by selling ineffective or even harmful remedies for COVID-19.
To fight these fakes, the Ukrainian department at Facebook launched a fact-checking campaign on March 27, supported by local analytical platforms VoxCheck and StopFake.Facebook starts fighting coronavirus-related fakes in UkraineRead More