October 22, 2020
Wikimedia, parent company of Wikipedia, inked a deal with the World Health Organization focused on providing reliable and factual information about COVID-19.
As part of this new collaboration, WHO resources, including infographics, will be freely licensed and can be used on Wikipedia’s coronavirus coverage pages. WHO videos and infographics will also be housed on Wikimedia Commons, which...
July 27, 2020
About the author: Roman Giverts is founder and CEO of VuMedi, a video education platform for doctors. The platform hosts more than 30,000 videos from medical institutions including Cleveland Clinic, UCSF, Stanford, Columbia and others.
COVID-19 has accelerated our reliance on digital platforms for news and information. As businesses and communities shut down over the last three months in the name...
May 6, 2020
Cognitant Group has launched Healthinote, an app that provides patients with up-to-date, verified healthcare information to help them understand their conditions and treatment options better, and counters the potential impact of "fake news" on their decisions and outcomes.
With a search facility, a favourite page for users to save personalised information and a share function, the app also uses...
April 16, 2020
Attacking misinformation head on. Big tech's war against online misinformation is raging hotter than ever with COVID-19. The latest update: Facebook will begin directly contacting users who liked, reacted or commented on "harmful misinformation" about the virus that was later removed by the social network. Facebook wrote this morning that the messages are set to deploy within the coming weeks,...
February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.
In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
December 10, 2019
A collection of more than 50 LGBTQ, public health and HIV/AIDS activists have signed a joint letter urging Facebook to remove advertisements from its platform that they say are “factually inaccurate” and scare at-risk users away from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments.
These ads — which the signatory groups say are being directed at LGBTQ Facebook and Instagram users — come from multiple...
October 23, 2019
Consumer-facing health apps are increasingly prevalent, but they’re anything but infallible. According to a recent literature review of published app safety investigations, these offerings have been shown to include issues ranging from poor content or information to faulty functionality.
“Health apps may have significant potential to improve population health,” the study’s authors wrote. “However...