Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for fighting misinformation on COVID

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged joint efforts to address the infodemic, mitigating

Antonio Guterres

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Sep 2020 4:23 AM GMT

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged joint efforts to address the infodemic, mitigating the harm done to people by misinformation and disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

"COVID-19 is not just a public health emergency — it is a communications emergency too," Guterres said in a message to a World Health Organization event on infodemic management on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

He noted that as the virus spread across the globe, "inaccurate and even dangerous messages proliferated wildly over social media, leaving people confused, misled and ill-advised."

"The antidote lies in making sure that science-backed facts and health guidance circulate even faster, and reach people wherever they access information," said the UN chief, adding this is even critical "as we work to build public confidence in the safety and efficacy of future COVID-19 vaccines."

He also underscored the importance of fighting misinformation with truth by working with media partners, individuals, influencers and social media platforms. (IANS)

Also Watch: Domestic Helps Demand Pension, Medical Insurance


Next Story