“Fight tirelessly to get high-quality journalism to as many people as possible”: How publishers are collaborating to combat disinformation

What's New in Publishing 20 Jul 2020 09:41

The prevalence of fake news continues to be an important concern for 56% of people worldwide, according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2020. 

Source: Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2020

Fake news has also affected trust in mainstream media, but at the same time, it presents an opportunity for publishers to highlight their role as sources of reliable information. 

“Scourge of our era”

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a conference earlier this year. “Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.” 

Disinformation is a scourge of our era that tends to piggyback on any crisis, particularly a global one like the current pandemic: From conspiracy theories about how it began (in a Chinese or American lab?) and how it spreads (boosted by 5G networks?), to fake news about the reappearance of seldom viewed animals in ports and canals, to bogus remedies (some deadlier than the disease itself), the internet is awash with it. 

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