Opinion

Brazilian newspapers fueled pandemic disinformation with misleading native ad

Some of Brazil's leading newspapers ran a half-page ad supporting unproven Covid-19 treatments, squandering months of efforts against disinformation

Brazilian newspapers fueled pandemic disinformation with misleading native ad
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Disinformation has been one of the major roadblocks for the fight against the coronavirus. Social media is filled with falsehoods about how to prevent and treat Covid-19 — not to mention conspiracy theories claiming that the pandemic, which has already killed at least 2.4 million people, is one big hoax. In Brazil, even the president is an outspoken anti-vaxxer and continues to dismiss Covid-19 as a “little flu.” In this toxic environment for public debate, the Brazilian media has largely fulfilled its duty to keep Brazilians informed and denialist authorities in check.

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