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Offline: Managing the COVID-19 vaccine infodemic

The Lancet, Nov. 7, 2020

November 7, 2020

Offline: Managing the COVID-19 vaccine infodemic

In their 2019 book, The Misinformation Age, [UCI Philosophy Associate Professor] Cailin O’Connor and [UCI Philosophy Professor] James Owen Weatherall explain how false beliefs persist and spread. They emphasise the social character of fake news. The connections between us in groups or networks enable the propagation of misleading evidence as well as true beliefs.