Globally, UNDP has answered the call to address the danger that misinformation poses during pandemics, disasters, and conflicts using #NextGenUNDP expertise. UNDP has witnessed rapid changes in public perceptions as understanding has evolved around COVID-19 in South Sudan, both at the onset of the pandemic and as cases have surged in recent weeks. Social media and informal news sources are filling voids of information, while often sowing stigmatization, discrimination, and confusion.
“The tsunami of fake cures, scapegoating, conspiracy theories, and false news stories that has flooded media in general and online platforms in particular has created a chaotic information environment — one that is not only undermining the effectiveness of public health measures, but also leading to real life violence and discrimination, confusion, fear and, arguably, long-term societal harm,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, last year.
Misinformation during COVID-19, and beyond, threatens lives and livelihoods in South Sudan. With swift, persistent, and innovative action to verify information and rumors, together we can decrease the negative impacts of hate speech, disinformation, and misinformation.
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