Fighting disinformation: Can You Believe It?

Can You Believe It? is an initiative dedicated to uncovering how disinformation reaches consumers and providing tools to help our audience fight its spread. Are you seeing disinformation in your social media feeds? Share with us by emailing tell@mpr.org.

Spotify removes Neil Young's music after he objects to Joe Rogan's podcast
The move comes two days after Neil Young requested that his work be removed from Spotify in protest over coronavirus misinformation on Joe Rogan's podcast.
2022 will be a tense year for Facebook and social apps. Here are 4 reasons why
Social media companies will feel pressure from Washington, European regulators and even their own users over kids' safety and privacy, competition and election-related misinformation.
It’s been a surprising couple of weeks for Peter McGinn of Minneapolis. McGinn became the first Minnesotan to contract the new omicron strain of COVID-19 after he was at a convention in New York City.
Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame
An analysis by NPR shows that since the vaccine rollout, counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump have had more than twice the COVID mortality rates of those that voted for Joe Biden.
Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans
As the U.S. heads into midterm elections next year, the political right and the anti-vaccine movement are drawing ever-closer together — potentially at the cost of thousands of American lives.
Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky
Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.
Fact focus: New omicron variant fuels old misinformation
A new coronavirus variant revived old conspiracy theories this week as widely shared social media posts falsely claimed the omicron variant was nothing but a cover-up for darker agendas.
A Twin Cities doctor spread misinformation about COVID-19. Then he died from it
Dr. Christopher Foley was a beloved natural medicine doctor with dozens of patients who said he helped them manage their chronic illnesses. But Foley also spread misinformation about COVID-19. In October, he died from the virus.
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