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DisinfoAfrica’s Herman Wasserman addressed first WHO infodemiology conference

Professor Herman Wasserman one of the project leaders of DisninfoAfrica delivered a keynote address at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first infodemiology conference. The 1st WHO Infodemiology Conference, as the name suggests, deals with the phenomenon of an ‘infodemic’. According to the WHO, an infodemic is an “overabundance of...

[News Story] WhatsApp Viral Messages ‘Drop 70%’ According to the Company

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after users and governments complained about the amount of misinformation circulating on WhatsApp, the platform announced new measures to curb the virality of messages. Now, WhatsApp says that it has sseen a reduction of 70% in viral messages. There’s been several...

[News Story] A collection of COVID-19-related misinformation in Africa

The BBC’s Reality Check has published a list of health-related misinformation circulating on African social media accounts. Some of the false claims include “that inhaling steam is an effective treatment against coronavirus”, or that people are “retaliating against the Chinese community in Africa” after instances of racism against Africans...