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Lies, damned lies and social media: how online mistruths spread faster than Covid-19

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What's up, WhatsApp? A man, wearing a protective face mask scrolls through his phone in Tokyo this week

What's up, WhatsApp? A man, wearing a protective face mask scrolls through his phone in Tokyo this week

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What's up, WhatsApp? A man, wearing a protective face mask scrolls through his phone in Tokyo this week

The only thing seemingly more contagious than Covid-19 are the mistruths, myths and hearsay surrounding it.

Thanks to technology and social media, misinformation travels quicker than a sneeze these days. With confusion and chaos looming large, people are attempting to seek solace - and occasionally answers - within their closest communities. And in a time when many are self-isolating, that often means retreating to WhatsApp goups.

WhatApp - the shared messaging app, within which it's possible to create several different groups and conversations - has played a central role in the last month. With two billion users worldwide, it's safe to assume that information is disseminated there as much as anywhere else.