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.
September 13, 2023 | NDR
Huberta von Voss and Julia Ebner discuss freedom of the press, the far right and conspiracy theories
ISD Germany's Executive Director, Huberta von Voss, and extremism expert Julia Ebner feature in a special broadcast discussing freedom of the press, the far right and conspiracy theories.
September 12, 2023 | The Irish Examiner
ISD's Ciarán O'Connor writes an opinion piece for the Irish Examiner on the recent shift among anti-LGBTQ+ protestors towards schools and educators in light of a rollout of the updated relationship and sexuality education (RSE) curriculum.
September 8, 2023 | BBC Newsnight
Julia Ebner on UK counter-terrorism strategy: Prisons are in “dire” state, more to do in deradicalisation space
Julia joins BBC Newsnight to speak about the UK's prison system and counter-terrorism strategy in light of the Wandsworth prison escape of Daniel Khalife.