COVID-19 Misinformation Resources

Real-time reporting on COVID-19 misinformation.

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, misinformation about the illness is spreading across the internet. NewsGuard’s team is reporting on the many falsehoods about the virus that are gaining traction online—and the sources that are publishing and spreading those myths. Since our launch, we have made coverage of health and medical misinformation a special focus, and our reporting on COVID-19 builds on that past reporting.

Visit this page for a summary of our research and reporting on the topic. To learn more about NewsGuard’s response to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, click here.


UPDATED DAILY

COVID-19 Misinformation Tracking Center

A growing list of websites that have published false information about COVID-19—with examples of misinformation and detailed trust ratings for each site.


NEW

Europe’s top COVID-19 misinformation ‘Super-spreaders on Facebook

Building on our reporting about Facebook’s misinformation ‘super-spreaders’ in Europe, we highlight dozens of accounts in the U.K., France, Germany and Italy that have published COVID-19 hoaxes to millions of followers combined.


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Twitter’s COVID-19 Misinformation ‘Super-spreaders’

Meet Twitter’s’ misinformation “super-spreaders,” accounts with large followings that have published false cures and conspiracy theories about COVID-19—reaching millions of users.


UPDATED 4/23

Tracking Facebook’s COVID-19 Misinformation ‘Super-spreaders’

Meet Facebooks’ misinformation “super-spreaders,” accounts with large followings that have published false cures and conspiracy theories about COVID-19—reaching millions of users.


APRIL NEWSLETTER

With COVID-19, career healthcare hoaxers reach a new high (or low)

In this month’s Misinformation Monitor newsletter, we trace the COVID-19 misinformation playbook to past public health crises, investigate how 5G coronavirus conspiracies went viral, and document how conspiracy theorists are exploiting preliminary scientific studies.


SPECIAL REPORT

The top 10 COVID-19 myths—and how they emerged.

Drawing on reporting from our Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center, we debunk the top 10 myths about COVID-19–and trace how they emerged and spread.


FREE TRUST TOOL

A free Trust Tool that flags COVID-19 misinformation sites and highlights credible sources.

During the crisis, we’ve made our browser extension free on all major internet browsers. Users can download the extension free and see NewsGuard’s trust ratings next to links on search engines, social media pages, and other platforms. The ratings flag sites publishing COVID-19 myths and other misinformation and show a green check mark icon next to trustworthy sites.


NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2020

How COVID-19 hoaxes pay.

Our March edition of the Misinformation Monitor, a free newsletter about misinformation. This month, we focus on COVID-19 misinformation.


RESOURCES

Free Resources to Counter COVID-19 Misinformation.

During the crisis, we’ve made our resources on COVID-19 misinformation free. Publishers, health care providers, or others providing health information can share or republish our Coronavirus Tracking Center and top COVID-19 hoaxes report free.


RESOURCES

Ending the boycott of trustworthy news publishers reporting on COVID-19.

With misinformation about the virus spreading, advertisers are fleeing credible media sources as they blacklist their ads from appearing on stories that mention COVID-19. NewsGuard has teamed up with a WHO-backed group of advertising companies and launched an integration with Peer39 to provide a simple way for advertisers to avoid placing ads on COVID-19 misinformation sites while continuing to support credible sources of information.