Heidi Larson knows how to build trust in vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”
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Climate falsehoods reached millions on Facebook

Climate denial groups have used Facebook to spread disinformation to millions of people in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, according to a new report. And they did it on the cheap.


2019 was the second largest year ever for corporate solar investments

While big names such as Facebook and Walmart are putting massive amounts of money into solar, two-thirds of all of 2019’s newly installed solar capacity came from companies that are not in the Fortune 500.

New blazes in California's Wine Country force hospital, resort evacuations, consume winery

The North Bay's Wine Country once again became a scene of chaos on Sunday and early Monday as wildfires burned on the east and west side of the Napa Valley and blazed toward Santa Rosa, where residential neighborhoods were being engulfed in flames.


Facebook's climate of denial

Climate disinformation ran wild on Facebook as the company announced it was "stepping up" on climate.

Facebook fights back against climate change misinformation on its own platform

Facebook doesn't remove all misleading climate change information, but instead places posts that include false statements behind a warning screen.


Trump health aide pushes bizarre conspiracies and warns of armed revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

Report: 'Superspreaders' of bogus health news racked up billions of views on Facebook

The report drew immediate scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers about the tech giant’s efforts to combat phony coronavirus news.

Misleading coronavirus video, pushed by the Trumps, spreads online

Social media companies took down the video within hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.

Voters want Facebook to be accountable for climate misinformation, poll finds

A majority of polled voters, 64 percent, think Facebook should be held accountable for failing to warn users about opinion articles that spread misinformation about climate change, according to a survey by the think tank Data for Progress.


'Everybody’s entitled to their opinion - but not their own facts': The spread of climate denial on Facebook

An article linking climate change to Earth's solar orbit went viral last year, racking up 4.2million views on social media and widely shared on Facebook. It was the most-engaged with climate story in 2019, according to Brandwatch.


Denial expands on Facebook as scientists face restrictions

A climate scientist says Facebook is restricting her ability to share research and fact-check posts containing climate misinformation. It comes as groups that reject climate science increasingly use the platform to undermine mainstream research.

How the ‘Plandemic’ movie and its falsehoods spread widely online

Conspiracy theories about the pandemic have gained more traction than mainstream online events. Here’s how.

Climate change could cause the next financial meltdown

The E.C.B., which meets Thursday, is among central banks trying to prepare for what a report warns could be a coming economic upheaval.
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