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.
May 15, 2022 | NBC
ISD's Ciarán O’Connor spoke to NBC about the alleged shooter's involvement in online spaces, including forums and platforms, dedicated to extremist conversations.
May 13, 2022 | Channel 4 News
ISD’s Julia Ebner provided analysis to a Channel 4 investigation on the tactics and narratives used by the British white nationalist movement Patriotic Alternative (PA) to groom young people in the country.
May 12, 2022 | The Guardian
ISD's Jennie King spoke to the Guardian about the appointment of known climate change-sceptic, Alan McCormick, as GB News chairman.