During the past few years, the world has faced the Corona pandemic, which destroyed everything, and caused crises in all aspects of life. We may still suffer from all of them until now, whether financially, healthily or morally.
We have faced great challenges in light of the Corona pandemic during the past two years, but we are now facing a pandemic of another kind associated with “misinformation”.
The World Health Organization was one of the organizations that suffered the most from misinformation about COVID-19 that spread like wildfire thanks to social media.
During the last period, the organization sought to send messages containing information that refutes the false and misleading information that was deliberately broadcast, but now it is facing a new source of news in the dependence of some on reports or information that may be shown by programs and applications of artificial intelligence, especially in light of the growing confidence of adolescents and young people in it, Which adds new burdens on its shoulders, as well as on the shoulders of various governments around the world.
The World Health Organization has created a team that works closely with search engine companies and social networks such as “Facebook”, “Google”, “Pinterest”, “Twitter”, “Tik Tok”, “YouTube” and others to counter the spread of rumors that contain false information. about the corona virus.
Guidance from the World Health Organization during the spread of the Corona pandemic
Last June, the head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed his regret that a “small minority” issuing “misleading information and deliberately manipulating facts,” stressing that the goals of the World Health Organization are “public, open and transparent.”
The World Health Organization created a new term to express this matter, the “information Pandemic”.
According to technology experts, generative AI tools are “the most powerful tool for disseminating misinformation being spread on the Internet.”
“You can now craft a new false narrative on a dramatic scale… AI has contributors to disinformation,” says Gordon Krovitz of News Guard, which tracks fake news. .
Technology experts have identified 5 steps that may help users identify misleading information, which are:
1- Focus on the structure of the information, as misinformation often uses “typical” phrases to enhance the strength of the message you are spreading, such as “they don’t want you to know the truth.”
2- Searching for information in its primary source, as this step allows you to discover that the news is misleading or incorrect, and the media has reported information about it.
3- Visit the profile of the person who shares information and talks about it on social networks, as fake news is usually spread through fake or newly created accounts.
4- Using additional tools for verification, as several institutions have created tools to verify news and its validity, which also rely on artificial intelligence applications.
5- In the event that you are sure that the publication that you see in front of you contains false information or news, you must report the account to the social network.
According to a report published by Healthline You can identify fake medical news by following some strategies to detect it, including:
* Review information from different sources, some headlines may be attractive to users, but you have to make additional reviews and use reliable news sources to make sure of the information in front of you.
* Read the comments. Comments accompanying misleading news often reveal different aspects of the report in front of you, which may be thought-provoking and controversial.
* Maintain critical thinking, as different institutions, companies, and even the media may want to direct reports with different motives, which contributes to the dissemination of incorrect news, and for this you must make sure of the information in front of you.
* Share the news with caution, and do not be drawn behind the headlines, and make sure of its credibility before re-publishing it.