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Misinformation and Disinformation – An international effort using behavioural science to tackle the spread of misinformation

by OECD

Published | October 2022

Tackling mis- and disinformation

Summary

The report informs about the effects of mis- and disinformation on the ability of f democratically-elected governments to serve and deliver to the public by disrupting policy implementation and hindering trust in institutions.

Why read

This resource explains the effects of mis- and disinformation during the Covid pandemic with a behaviour science approach.

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Driven by a joint objective to better understand and reduce the spread of misinformation with insights and tools from behavioural science, the OECD, in partnership with behavioural science experts from the Canadian Privy Council’s Office’s Impact Canada (IIU) and from the French Direction interminist√©rielle de la transformation publique (DITP), launched a first-of-its-kind international collaboration. This study tested the impact of two behaviourally-informed interventions on intentions to share true and false news headlines about COVID-19 on social media: an attention accuracy prompt and a set of digital media literacy tips. The policy paper outlines key behavioural insights gained to help improve policy responses and stop the spread of mis- and dis-information.

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