The abundance of COVID-19 information shared can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Social media has created an easier way for conspiracy theories and misinformation to spread. Particularly when well known or influential people buy into the story.
During this pandemic, the idea that 5G networks are causing the coronavirus became popularized. Even some doctors (using flawed science), came out saying they could be linked. Why do people believe such falsities even when science does not back them up? Because people trust the source, or because there is a lack of easy-to-understand information from trusted sources available.
It is not only up to the government and social networks to monitor the Internet. Organizations, professions and sectors must do their part in ensuring accurate information is being shared widely, and in easy to consume ways. That is why it is important to ensure that the public has trust in your organization and the information you are sharing with them. This not only builds credibility with your followers, but also among political stakeholders.