Tracking Tall Tales

However successful Middle Eastern and North African nations have been in tackling the physical spread of COVID-19, disinformation thrives in the volatile region.   
The region accounts for 16% of the 2,471 misleading storylines tracked by Princeton University researchers in the Infodemic Monitor
Most misleading posts either exaggerate the situation—in Egypt, claims that schools were converted to field hospitals—or lend false hope. Israel’s deputy health minister falsely claimed that the country led the world in coronavirus testing. Another rumor claimed a Syrian child prodigy had cured COVID-19.
A bright spot: At least 10 fact-checking platforms in the region are working to bat down these false claims.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

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