Debunk Coronavirus Hoaxes With This WhatsApp Bot

To help slow the seemingly endless spread of COVID-19-related misinformation on social media, the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) launched a chatbot on WhatsApp to help you sniff out coronavirus-related hoaxes. The bot cross-references questions sent by users with a database of information collected from over 100 independent fact-checkers to help you convince your friends…

Check This Directory to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Photo: ShutterstockYou’ve heard the warnings that financial scams are on the rise during the coronavirus outbreak. But when you’re going about your daily life, it can be hard to make a snap judgement about what’s a scam and what’s genuine.If you’re concerned about avoiding scammers—or helping those you love avoid them—bookmark this growing directory of…

Reduce Your Risk of Coronavirus Exposure With a ‘Contact Budget’

Photo: ShutterstockNow that states are opening up again, and a lot of people are required to report back to work, many of us are being forced to navigate new sources of risk and uncertainty. With that in mind, one epidemiologist, Ellie Murray, has a suggestion for how to think about your overall level of risk:…

What We Know About Coronavirus Super-Spreader Events

Photo: ShutterstockOn March 10, a choir in Washington State decided to go ahead with practice amid increasing reports of the coronavirus spreading within the U.S. This rehearsal, attended by 61 of the choir’s usual 122 members, lasted for two and a half hours, with attendees taking precautions not to mingle too much. Ultimately, an estimated…

Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised as Excel Spreadsheets

While many parts of America are preparing to slowly reopen after months of lockdown, coronavirus-related scams and malware campaigns show no signs of abating. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Team recently disclosed details on two massive coronavirus phishing campaigns duping users into downloading and opening malicious Excel files that grant hackers remote access to your PC.Some…

Why Your Positive Coronavirus Antibody Test Might Be Wrong

Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images)The CDC has released new guidelines on antibody testing that note it’s possible for a test that’s 90-95% accurate to deliver incorrect positive results more than half the time. That sounds shocking, but it can be true—and it’s important to understand why, if you’re considering getting tested or have already gotten…

How Instagram’s anti-vaxxers fuel coronavirus conspiracy theories

Instagram’s ‘rabbit hole’ problemLike Facebook, Instagram doesn’t ban anti-vaccine content, though the company claims it has attempted to make it less visible to users. The company blocks some hashtags and says it tries to make anti-vaccine content harder to find in public areas of the app, like Explore. Yet accounts promoting conspiracy theories and inaccurate…

Technology and ethics in the coronavirus economy

Javier Saade serves on several boards, is venture partner at Fenway Summer and is a senior advisor at FS Vector, Fenway Summer’s advisory affiliate. Previously, he was associate administrator and chief of investment and innovation at SBA. More posts by this contributor The last two decades have ushered in significant change and transformation. I believe…