United Nations (UN) launches new Initiative to push back against the tide of lies and hate that has risen in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, by empowering people worldwide to share accurate information to help save lives and promote global solidarity.
This will create a cadre of “digital-first responders” to increase the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information surrounding the crisis.
UN Chief said, “We cannot cede our virtual spaces to those who traffic in lies, fear, and hate. Misinformation spreads online, in messaging apps and person to person. Its creators use savvy production and distribution methods. To counter it, scientists and institutions like the United Nations need to reach people with accurate information they can trust.”
Under Verified, information will be provided around three themes: science – to save lives; solidarity – to promote local and global cooperation, and solutions – to advocate for support for populations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
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The initiative will also promote recovery packages that tackle the climate crisis and address the root causes of poverty, inequality and hunger.
Verified will partner with UN agencies and others, including influencers, civil society, business and media organizations, to distribute trusted, accurate content, while also working with social media platforms to root out hate and harmful information about COVID-19.
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