Coronavirus (1439) 'Disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is a problem. Stanford researchers are trying to solve it'

26 February, 2022

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Stanford scholar Renée DiResta is the author of a new report looking how to stop the online spread of mis- and disinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

As the pandemic continues to be an ongoing health emergency with new variants rapidly spreading, it is increasingly urgent that accurate vaccine-related information be accessible and readily available to the public, said Stanford scholar and leading expert on mis- and disinformation, Renée DiResta...

Memes, Magnets and Microchips: Narrative dynamics around COVID-19 vaccines... offers specific recommendations for how public health officials, social media platforms and other academic institutions can counter and curb the spread of false or misleading information that has a potential negative impact on individual or public health....

Ultimately, given the dynamic nature of social media and the divisive political environment, the scholars say members from across society, including government, academia, civil society, individual citizens and industry, must be united in addressing dis- and misinformation in real-time.

“The fight against misinformation is only beginning,” the authors of the Memes, Magnets and Microchips conclude. “The collective effort must continue.”


Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,