Sometimes information is deliberately published to misinform or deceive people. When it has been published this way, it is sometimes known as fake news, misinformation or conspiracy theory.
Misinformation works against us at a time when we need to work together to beat the virus. It can spread fear or confusion or stop people from doing the right thing.
We can’t prevent misinformation, but we can help each other recognise it. It often:
- comes from someone who is unnamed
- claims to have information from inside government agencies but doesn’t identify the source
- claims to be sharing information that’s been hidden from the public or that officials don’t want you to know.
- nearly always claims the ‘real story’ is worse than official information.
In a time like this;
- be careful what information you pay attention to
- check the quality of information before passing it onto others.
You can get trustworthy information from the 1pm daily briefings and government websites or social media channels.
Help understanding and identifying fake news is available here