health misinformation

By Piers Ford 01:25 am 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...
By Dave Muoio 04:10 pm 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,...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 03:45 pm 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...