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Correction of Health Misinformation on Social Media

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The speed with which information can spread on social media is astounding. In some cases, this allows for important information to be communicated quickly to massive audiences. However, misinformation can spread just as quickly as accurate information. What can you do to slow its spread?

This presentation will cover research on the correction of misinformation on social media. It will discuss misinformation on social media in general, how and why to correct it, and best practices for doing so.

After attending this presentation, learners will be able to:
1. Understand the challenges of misinformation and correction.
2. Describe what observational correction is and why it works.
3. Employ best practices for social correction.

Speaker: Dr. Leticia Bode is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology master’s program at Georgetown University. She researches the intersection of communication, technology, and political behavior, emphasizing the role communication and information technologies may play in the acquisition, use, effects, and implications of political information and misinformation.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Sep 29, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Online health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both longstanding health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the internet at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people. This series brings expert speakers to discuss various aspects of online health misinformation, how to identify it, and how to help curb its spread.


After listening to the guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to :

  1. Identify aspects of misinformation and its effect on online health information
  2. Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  3. Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation in online environments