How to spot false information about COVID-19

Bob Sirott

This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows a woman looking at Social Networking applications Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Twitter, Messenger and Linkedin on a smartphone in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP) (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Social media strategist Scott Klienberg chats with Bob Sirott about misinformation on health news online. They discuss a survey by non-profit activist group Avaaz. Research found that Facebook groups and pages have attracted over 3.8 billion views. Therefore, sources pushing false claims drew less traffic than authoritative sources about COVID-19. Klienberg mentions that Americans started staying inside mid-March and by April the trend peaked as most states expanded lockdowns.

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Bob Sirott's acclaimed broadcasting career has spanned nearly five decades and has included stints at WMAQ, WBBM-FM, WLS, WGN and various television stations. (Click for more.)
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