Distinguishing fact from fiction in today’s world can sometimes feel harder than ever. But in the middle of a pandemic, mis-information can be deadly.
We’ve all been there — experiencing shock, anger or hope at something a friend has posted online, and rushing to share the article in question to our own friend group and family. This instinct to protect and inform others comes from a good place, but too often we are being manipulated to spread inaccurate information.
Like the virus itself, misinformation — fake news, false or inaccurate information — spreads from person-to-person, heightening the risk to health and spreading fear and division. It hijacks our emotions, taps into our weaknesses and tricks us into contributing to a chain of events that can harm us all.
The pervasive nature of fake news means we’ve all seen it and shared it, and now we all need to break the chain by making a commitment to pause and take care before we share.
The world can only contain coronavirus and its impacts if every person has access to accurate, reliable information. #PledgetoPause and help urge others to join you by tweeting now!