Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with the country’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Theresa Tam, were asked about a rise in misinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.
Trudeau said he was recently asked about “COVID internment camps,” replying that we need to be “attentive to source” and look for “trusted sources.” He also said there’s a lot of “noise” and “harmful misinformation” circulating on the internet. “We need to hold together and resist people who would sew chaos within our communities and democracy,” Trudeau said.
Tam said internet and social media platforms are trying different tactics to quell the “outrageous disinformation” by pointing people to credible sources, as well as removing, de-monetizing, and throttling misinformation.
When asked about vaccine confidence she added that “we need to immunize the population against misinformation before the vaccine arrives.”
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