COVID-19, Social Media and Misinformation

Dr Peter Coe recently joined Dr Tom Bennett and Dr Holly Powell-Jones (both from City, University of London) on The Media Law Podcast to discuss the use of social media to disseminate news during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular they discussed issues around social media’s role in spreading fake news and disinformation and how social media platforms and the government have responded to this. They also discussed how elements of the mainstream media have contributed to the spread of misleading information relating to the virus.