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No, the antidote to “fake facts” is not “real facts”

by Cédric Ayisa - December 31, 2020   248 Views   7 min
No, the antidote to “fake facts” is not “real facts”

Claim

The antidote to fake facts is real facts

Verdict

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

An article published in the Globe and Mail on 18 December 2020 claims that the antidote to fake facts is real facts. This claim is inaccurate, with a reservation. 

Fact checking about fact checking

We selected this claim to fact check because of the negative effects of misinformation and disinformation on pandemic management and the importance of implementing effective measures to reduce the spread of misinformation and disinformation. 

Misinformation and disinformation have been around for a long time. And with new technologies, they are spreading faster, reaching more and more people. In 2020, as reported in a previous article published on covid19facts.ca, misinformation and disinformation have extended to the COVID-19 pandemic to an unprecedented level because of the uncertainty, confusion and fear that people are experiencing.

In the Globe and Mail article, the author explains precisely how misinformation and disinformation can undermine authorities' efforts to fight against COVID-19 and vaccinate as many people as possible.

However, what grabbed our attention most in this article is the headline, which the author believes is the solution to fake facts: "The antidote to fake facts: real ones". The various qualitative and quantitative data that...

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