Our work is informed by the latest research on misinformation, psychology, science communication, and social media.
Check below for summaries of recent research and debunking resources, provided by the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute.
Why is Misinformation Believable and Who’s at Risk?
Can You “Inoculate” Against Misinformation?
Tackling Misinformation Requires Combatting it From All Angles
How Does Deceptive Content Differ from Reputable Sources?
Politically Motivated Science Denial Requires Identification and Pre-Emptive Debunking
Prompting Users to Check Accuracy Reduces Sharing Misinformation, Study Finds
Spreading misinformation associated with mental health concerns?
Misinformation more emotional and negative in tone.
Yet more research links online misinformation to vaccine hesitancy.
ScienceUpFirst CSPC Panel – Innovative tools to debunk COVID-19 misinformation
Throughout the pandemic there has been a significant increase in misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding public health and science that threaten the health and safety of Canadians. Misinformation has greatly contributed to vaccine hesitancy and distrust in public health measures, and has led to anti-mask, anti-lockdown rallies. More importantly, underserved and marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to inequities in our healthcare system. Therefore, it is important that we dispel misinformation around vaccines and create trusting environments in a culturally sensitive manner.
Science Up First presented this panel on tools and strategies some experts use when tackling misinformation.