Misinformation within the wellness community is tailored to specific interests and vulnerabilities and often rely on “prettifying” message delivery with inspirational imagery, or “ambiguous language of personal choice and self-realization that is characteristic of these communities,” Cécile Simmons says to the Washington Post in a recent article about vaccine misinformation. By playing on emotional and psychological foundations, and pre-existing doubts based on legitimate concerns, misinformation messages have a unique way of spreading within these groups. It is therefore important to identify these strategies in order to help “social media users develop resilience to harmful content” and allow “them to report this type of content to platforms,” she says.
December 4, 2022 | Euronews
ISD's Tim Squirrell and Milo Comerford spoke to Euronews about the response of the far-right to census data indicating that Christianity is no longer the majority religion in the UK.
December 4, 2022 | Insider
ISD's Aoife Gallagher spoke to Insider about conspiratorial communities' fixation on celebrities, the recent blending of theories, and recurring themes.
November 30, 2022 | WaPo
The Washington Post drew on ISD research to analyse the evolution of online extremism under Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.