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From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan Factcheck

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan

Posts containing this false claim have been shared on Facebook recently.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon Misinformation

Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon

Campaigners described the move as a “much-needed, if belated, step” from Facebook.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading Debunked

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

From TheJournal.ie 'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health Misinformation This post contains videos

'I've never felt so low in my life': Jedward speak about impact of pandemic on mental health

The twins also hit out at conspiracy theorists and people who refuse to wear face masks.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online Misinformation

Opinion: People seeking absolutes in times of uncertainty are falling for conspiracies online

Disinformation analyst Ciaran O’Connor says extremist groups online are offering simple answers to complex questions at a time when many people are frustrated.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation Far-right Protests

'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation

Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage Debunked

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage

The Covid-19 swab is not powerful enough to break through bone, a professor said.

From TheJournal.ie Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest Coronavirus Protest

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest

Stephen Donnelly said that misinformation “has been a problem from the outset” of the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July Misinformation

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

From TheJournal.ie FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland Misinformation

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died from the virus in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true? Factcheck

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90% Debunk

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine Misinformation

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

From TheJournal.ie Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news? Echo Chamber

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie How do you spot fake news? Here are some practical tips Coronavirus

How do you spot fake news? Here are some practical tips

A large amount of misinformation has been shared in Ireland and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From baking soda to urine: How home remedies around the world were repackaged as Covid-19 'cures'

The urge to stop Covid-19 created its own genre of misinformation during the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation Coronavirus

From Myanmar, New York, Mexico, Switzerland to Ireland: The global spread of Covid misinformation

There have been countless claims made about Covid-19. We examined the origins of a select few.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you sent or received misinformation online?

TheJournal.ie is publishing a series of articles about misinformation this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was speaking to my friend who is a guard...': How Covid-19 misinformation exploded in Ireland Infodemic

'I was speaking to my friend who is a guard...': How Covid-19 misinformation exploded in Ireland

The story of coronavirus in Ireland can’t be told without also talking about the amount of misinformation that was shared about it.

From TheJournal.ie 'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves Misinformation

'To the four nurses in Ireland...RIP': The Covid-19 Twitter claim that made it to the national airwaves

The story behind one of the most infamous myths of the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote Misinformation

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote

The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.

From TheJournal.ie Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online Misinformation

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter take action against Trump misinformation online

Facebook removed a post from the president while Twitter blocked a Trump campaign account.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must Opinion

Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must

Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland Podcast

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

And is it here to stay?

From TheJournal.ie FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland Misinformation

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland EP Webinar

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Join TheJournal.ie and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

From TheJournal.ie Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter Misinformation

Trump's tweet of 'racist baby' video flagged as manipulative media by Twitter

Twitter has flagged a number of the US President’s tweets in recent weeks.

From TheJournal.ie Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook launches voter information centre amid concern over Trump posts

The platform continues to face criticism for not removing or labelling posts by Trump that that spread misinformation.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe' Misinformation

'The Covid-19 infodemic left people confused about what to believe'

Meanwhile, problems with search engines have largely fallen under the public radar, writes FuJo’s Dr Eileen Culloty.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire Misinformation

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

From TheJournal.ie Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump Misinformation

Twitter adds fact-check warning to election posts by Donald Trump

Trump claimed postal voting would be “fraudulent” and that “mail boxes will be robbed”.

From TheJournal.ie Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland Fall In Demand

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland

Talc powder sales have fallen dramatically due to misinformation, the company said.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19 Covid19 Facts

Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19

The 26-minute video was viewed millions of times before social media giants took it down.

From TheJournal.ie 'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation Misinformation

'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation

This comes as the UN chief issued a warning that the world faces a misinformation epidemic about Covid-19.

From TheJournal.ie New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19 Incoming Message

New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19

Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19 Factcheck

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

From TheJournal.ie Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading False Claims

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading

A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.

From TheJournal.ie World Health Organization launches a coronavirus WhatsApp service WHO Health Alert

World Health Organization launches a coronavirus WhatsApp service

This is to fight misinformation that has been spreading like wildfire on social media, mostly on WhatsApp.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland? Podcast

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?

One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.

From TheJournal.ie Twitter to delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice Misinformation

Twitter to delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice

The site said tweets which place people at risk of contracting the illness would contravene its safety rules.

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