WATCH NOW: What psychology can teach us about tackling health misinformation

#GlobalFact7, the fully virtual fact-checking summit from Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network, continues today

June 24, 2020
Category: Fact-Checking

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LIVE AT 1:30 P.M. EASTERN | Tackling health misinformation with truth, trust, and tactics

Moderator: Nat Geynes | Meedan, Director of Digital Health Lab

Panelists:

  • Dora-Olivia Vicol | Full Fact, Researcher
  • Eric Mugendi | Pesa Check, Managing Editor
  • Ifeaoma Theresa Amobi | University of Lagos, Senior Lecturer
  • Syed Nazakat | DataLEADS, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

This session will review academic evidence from psychology and health communication to examine how we can tackle health misinformation. Tune in to learn more about (1) the psychology of crises, and why uncertainty diminishes the public’s ability to process information; (2) the spread of conspiracies, and why correcting anti-vaccination myths is so difficult; and (3) the social life of everyday health myths, and what we can do to tackle it with tact.

Join the conversation across 16 time zones with #GlobalFact7.


This year’s Global Fact conference, hosted by Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network and occurring virtually because of COVID-19, is the largest worldwide gathering of fact-checkers ever. For the first week, members of the public can attend virtually for free.

More than 150 speakers from more than 40 different countries will discuss the state and the future of fact-checking. Between now and June 26, students, educators, journalists and citizens can attend Global Fact and get a window into fact-checkers’ efforts to fight misinformation around the world.

All 24 public sessions will be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Poynter will stream select sessions here on poynter.org. Check out the full Global Fact 7 agenda to see all sessions, and read highlights from Day 1 and Day 2.

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