by Alex Cadier | Published 12/28/2021
The year 2020 saw such a flood of false health information that it led the World Health Organization to coin a new term to describe it: “infodemic.” In 2021, the infodemic raged on. As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in the early months of 2021, the internet and social media feeds were flooded with false, misleading, and unproven claims that questioned the vaccines’ safety and promoted unproven cures. More recently, false claims about the German federal election and European politics also proliferated, while hoaxes about the U.S presidential election continued to be pushed by U.S. and European websites alike.
With 2021 drawing to a close, NewsGuard has compiled Top 10 lists highlighting some of the most influential UK peddlers of online misinformation identified by our analysts this year, as well as the top responsible sites that met all nine of NewsGuard’s transparency and reliability criteria.