Australian wellness celeb Pete Evans fuels 'infodemic'

Asia Pacific Oct 8, 2020

Australian wellness celeb Pete Evans fuels 'infodemic'

One minute Australian "wellness" personality Pete Evans is posting a barbecued prawn recipe to 1.5 million Facebook followers, the next he's claiming the coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate global hoax. During this year of crisis, the ever-smiling, one-time television chef known as "Paleo Pete" has ...

Anti-vaxxer misinformation goes viral in the Philippines

Asia Pacific Oct 8, 2020

Anti-vaxxer misinformation goes viral in the Philippines

Online misinformation is leaching out from cheap mobile phones and free Facebook plans used by millions in the Philippines, convincing many to reject vaccinations for polio and other deadly diseases. Childhood immunization rates have plummeted in the country — from 87 percent in 2014 to ...

Facebook says it will ban groups that openly support QAnon

World Oct 7, 2020

Facebook says it will ban groups that openly support QAnon

Facebook said it will ban groups that openly support QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that paints President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and "deep state” government officials. The company said Tuesday that it will remove Facebook ...

U.S. Democrats call for Congress to rein in and break up Big Tech

Business Oct 7, 2020

U.S. Democrats call for Congress to rein in and break up Big Tech

U.S. Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to break up their businesses, while making it harder for them to acquire others and imposing new rules to safeguard competition. The proposals in a report ...

Misinformation spikes as Trump confirms COVID-19 diagnosis

World / Politics | FOCUS Oct 3, 2020

Misinformation spikes as Trump confirms COVID-19 diagnosis

News Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked an explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories that in a matter of hours littered the social media feeds of many Americans. Tweets shared thousands of times claimed ...