Hatred going viral in ‘dangerous epidemic of misinformation’ during COVID-19 pandemic - UN News
Besides COVID-19 pandemic, the world community faces a massive coronqvirus disinformation being spread, as United Nations Antonio Guterres Secretary General said on Tuesdays, as to the UN website.
“As the world battles the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and people are searching for clear facts and answers to questions, that could help save countless lives, “a dangerous epidemic of misinformation” is also spreading”, the United Nations chief warned on Tuesday.
Hatred and fake news are being multiplying in news landscape. “Falsehoods are filling the airwaves. Wild conspiracy theories are infecting the Internet. Hatred is going viral, stigmatizing and vilifying people and groups”, Antonoi Guterres said. He urged, “trust in science”.
The UN general secretary called on the world community to unite their forces and to counter pandemic and to stand in full solidarity everyone with each other. Mr Guterres welcomed the journalists and others who are fact-checking the mountain of misleading stories and social media posts. “Together, let’s reject the lies and nonsense out there”, asserted the UN chief.
The secretary general announced also new UN Communications Response initiative “to flood the Internet with facts and science”, while countering the growing scourge of misinformation, which he maintained is “a poison that is putting even more lives at risk”. ““trust in science», he said.