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# misinformation - Monday 23 November, 2020

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that this is incorrect.

# misinformation - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

Facebook and Twitter defend handling of US election misinformation in heated Senate hearing

The companies have been criticised for their handling of political content recently.

# misinformation - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# misinformation - Thursday 5 November, 2020

From Sharpies to 'dumped ballots': The misinformation being shared about voting in the US

Here are some claims of electoral fraud being spread on social media, and the facts behind those claims.

# misinformation - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan

Posts containing this false claim have been shared on Facebook recently.

# misinformation - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon

Campaigners described the move as a “much-needed, if belated, step” from Facebook.

# misinformation - Friday 2 October, 2020

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

# misinformation - Friday 25 September, 2020

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health Misinformation This post contains videos

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health

The twins also hit out at conspiracy theorists and people who refuse to wear face masks.

# misinformation - Monday 21 September, 2020

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online

Disinformation analyst Ciaran O’Connor says extremist groups online are offering simple answers to complex questions at a time when many people are frustrated.

# misinformation - Saturday 19 September, 2020

'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation

Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.

# misinformation - Friday 18 September, 2020

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage

The Covid-19 swab is not powerful enough to break through bone, a professor said.

# misinformation - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest

Stephen Donnelly said that misinformation “has been a problem from the outset” of the pandemic.

# misinformation - Friday 11 September, 2020

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

# misinformation - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died from the virus in Ireland.

# misinformation - Friday 4 September, 2020

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

# misinformation - Friday 28 August, 2020

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

# misinformation - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How do you spot fake news? Here are some practical tips

A large amount of misinformation has been shared in Ireland and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From baking soda to urine: How home remedies around the world were repackaged as Covid-19 'cures'

The urge to stop Covid-19 created its own genre of misinformation during the pandemic.

From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation

There have been countless claims made about Covid-19. We examined the origins of a select few.

# misinformation - Saturday 15 August, 2020

Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online? is publishing a series of articles about misinformation this weekend.

'I was speaking to my friend who is a guard...': How Covid-19 misinformation exploded in Ireland

The story of coronavirus in Ireland can’t be told without also talking about the amount of misinformation that was shared about it.

'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves

The story behind one of the most infamous myths of the pandemic.

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote

The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.

# misinformation - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online

Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.

# misinformation - Friday 10 July, 2020

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

# misinformation - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

And is it here to stay?

# misinformation - Friday 3 July, 2020

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

# misinformation - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Join and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# misinformation - Friday 19 June, 2020

Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter

Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.

# misinformation - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts

The platform continues to face criticism for not removing or labelling posts by Trump that that spread misinformation.

# misinformation - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe'

Meanwhile, problems with search engines have largely fallen under the public radar, writes FuJo’s Dr Eileen Culloty.

# misinformation - Friday 5 June, 2020

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

# misinformation - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump

Trump claimed postal voting would be “fraudulent” and that “mail boxes will be robbed”.

# misinformation - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland

Talc powder sales have fallen dramatically due to misinformation, the company said.

# misinformation - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19

The 26-minute video was viewed millions of times before social media giants took it down.

# misinformation - Saturday 18 April, 2020

'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation

This comes as the UN chief issued a warning that the world faces a misinformation epidemic about Covid-19.

# misinformation - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19

Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.

# misinformation - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

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