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21 May, 2020

Dear Neil and all

Thank you for sharing and for caring about misinformation. I strongly believe that these big companies are only interested in increasing the number of subscribers, the number of messages and the number of likes. The business model of these companies is not based on quality of information but rather of quantity of exchanges and postings. In a previous life, I happened to meet with the owners of some of these platforms who now cry about misinformation. They care only about making more money. They abuse WHO and they abuse us all and more important they abuse and misuse their userbase.

The only solution to misinformation is to use ethics, law and to provide transparent and trustworthy information. We all have responsibility to fight misinformation, including the big companies. Please also don’t forget that ethics is everywhere while these big companies are only available in 50% of the world.

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President, Jordan Library and Information Association

President, eHealth Development Association, Jordan

IMIA Vice-President for MEDINFO

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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