A new report highlights the scale of disinformation regarding the COVID-19 vaccine

  • The scale of the misinformation campaign to spread distrust in a Covid-19 vaccine has been revealed in a new report
  • The Center for Countering Digital Hate gained access to a private anti-vaxxers’ conference, finding groups were intent on recruiting new members and undermining facts about the jab
  • The claims made by anti-vaccination groups are unfounded, with any potential Covid-19 vaccine undergoing rigorous testing before getting approval from regulators
  • leading figures in the anti-vaccination movement – based on unfounded claims – have outlined three objectives to spread to the public: that Covid “is not dangerous”, that vaccines “are dangerous” and that experts cannot be trusted
  • Access to the conference found anti-vax groups have seized the Covid pandemic as “a historic opportunity” to further their cause and create long-lasting distrust in vaccinations
  • To learn more about the spread of misinformation, read our recent article here

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Among Us is the most popular game ever

  • With roughly half a billion people reportedly playing it in November, Among Us has had the most monthly players for a mobile game ever, beating giants like Pokémon GO and Candy Crush Saga
  • According to Nielsen’s SuperData, the game is “by far the most popular game ever in terms of monthly players”
  • The success is even more remarkable because InnerSloth — the company that makes Among Us — only has four employees
  • Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez livestreamed herself playing it to try to encourage people to vote, with an audience on Twitch that peaked at over 400 thousand viewers
  • If you would like to learn more about the game Among Us, read our recent article here

Coronavirus: impact of new strain on children being investigated 

  • Scientists are urgently investigating claims that the new variant of coronavirus spreads more easily in children
  • If proven, this could account for “a significant proportion” of the increase in transmission, they say
  • The claim comes from members of the government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats advisory group (Nervtag)
  • On Monday, Boris Johnson said he wanted to open schools in January “if we possibly can”
  • There are no suggestions for the new form of the virus is a greater threat to children’s health