Special Reports

Detailed reports on online misinformation: Myths, hoaxes, and the publishers that spread them

In the course of rating and reviewing thousands of news and information sites for the NewsGuard Trust Tool, our journalists have a unique bird’s eye view of the misinformation ecosystem. As we discover new trends in misinformation, we publish those findings in special reports on this page. Access our special reports on various topics below.


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NewsGuard’s COVID-19 Misinformation Reports to the World Health Organization


In August, NewsGuard announced a partnership with the World Health Organization to combat online misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. Since then, NewsGuard has sent the WHO a variety of reports and data highlighting trending health hoaxes and conspiracies across Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, which the WHO has been able to share with digital platforms to alert them to misinformation and hoaxes on their platforms.


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


NewsGuard’s health analysts catalogue 36 Facebook Pages that are “super-spreaders” of misinformation about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The sites named in this report — all of which have a history of sharing misinformation about vaccines in general — have large Facebook audiences, most with more than 100,000 likes per page and a total of 14,215,032 likes.


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The Top U.S. Election Myths Spreading Online

Less than a week ahead of the U.S. presidential election, misinformation relating to voting and election security is flourishing online. In this report, we catalogue the top myths about voting and the election that have appeared in NewsGuard’s ratings of 6,000 news and information sites worldwide.


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U.S. Election Misinformation ‘Super-Spreaders’

Less than a week ahead of the U.S. presidential election, misinformation relating to voting and election security is flourishing on Facebook, despite the platform’s pledge to curb such content, a NewsGuard investigation has found.


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QAnon Conspiracy Spreads to Europe

The QAnon conspiracy theory is spreading to Europe. In this report, NewsGuard’s European editors in the UK, France, Germany and Italy examine the adaptation of these theories into EU-centered ⁠— or even local ⁠— narratives, where they merge with pre-existing conspiracies and groups.


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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.


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

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


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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.