Social Media Rumour Bulletin #6

Internews is working with Translators without Borders, Standby Task Force, BBC Media Action and Vishvas News to collect and analyse rumours and misinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease. 

Since March 2020, we have collected more than 4,700 rumours found on social media platforms in nine languages.  

This final edition of the bulletin brings together trends of rumours collected between May 1st and June 19, 2020. We highlight rumour data collected in six languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Khmer, Hindi, Bangla, Urdu and Tagalog.

These rumours, in the form of questions, concerns and complaints, reflect the anxiety and uncertainty many communities feel during this pandemic. They may point to information gaps, confusion over public health messages or prejudice towards vulnerable groups.

Using rumour tracking methodologies developed by Internews over a number of humanitarian and health crises, this information supports local media in the region.

By listening to your community, you can better respond with verified information that directly meets community information needs in this pandemic.

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