The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation within the US


On The Listening Post this week: How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled misinformation on COVID-19. Plus: Peru and the artwork of digital homeschooling.

COVID-19 misinformation within the US

So a lot about this pandemic stays unknown, which is why reporting on it’s so difficult. An absence of scientific consensus, heavy-handed authorities insurance policies, and lockdown-induced financial woes have resulted in a wave of fear, anxiousness, and powerlessness – good situations for misinformation and conspiracy theories to thrive.

The US is floor zero for lots of those theories, not least as a result of the president and shops like Fox News have lengthy trafficked in them. There is a marketplace for conspiracy theories; one that may flip a discredited scientist and an obscure filmmaker into an web phenomenon.

The Listening Post takes a take a look at ‘Plandemic’ – the viral sensation of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.


Joe Uscinski – co-author, American Conspiracy Theories

Joan Donovan – analysis director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University

Will Sommer – tech reporter, The Daily Beast

Jared Yates Sexton – writer & analyst

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Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Nic Muirhead a couple of latest buyout in Italy that means that Fiat vehicles now controls one among Italy’s largest newspapers – La Repubblica – and with it, a shift in editorial tone.

Peru’s college system takes to the airwaves

In many nations, it’s nonetheless far too early to ship kids again to high school. Take Peru, as an illustration; with greater than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus circumstances, it has the second most of any Latin American nation, behind Brazil.

One space the place Peru appears to have fared higher is training. Within three weeks of declaring a nationwide lockdown, and with the collaboration of each private and non-private broadcasters, the Peruvian authorities delivered to air Aprendo en Casa, or I Learn at Home – six hours of instructional programming, each weekday.

The objective is to make the whole thing of each the first and secondary college curricula obtainable to all college students, together with the thousands and thousands with out TV and web entry.

The Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi takes a take a look at Aprendo en Casa – the TV and radio platform that’s education Peruvian children throughout lockdown.


Ernesto Cortes – common supervisor, RPP Group

Diana Marchena – planning coordinator, Education Ministry of Peru

Víctor Zapata – Lima-based secondary college trainer

Fátima Saldonid – presenter, Aprendo en Casa & Broadcaster, TV Perú

Marlith Norabuena – rural college trainer

Source: Al Jazeera