In an effort to tackle COVID-19 misinformation, fact-checkers Logically and NewsMobile, in partnership with Facebook, have announced a country-wide collaboration to debunk COVID misinformation and vaccine hesitancy by conducting a series of media literacy workshops.
The pan India programme called ‘Covishaala’ aims to educate and inform people on the facts about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations in an effort to cut back vaccine hesitancy.
The fact-checking partners of Facebook said the misinformation tackling programme has been made possible by the support of Facebook, which, in the current scenario, wanted to educated the masses about the effects of vaccination as also understand the speed at which fake news and myths traverse our social media handles.
Saurabh Shukla, editor-in-chief and co-founder of NewsMobile mentioned the challenges of the COVID-19 infodemic, which leads to vaccine and Covid-19 misinformation. “We imagine that in collaboration with Facebook, and along with our associate Logically and our physician mentors, we can make the final mile affect with this distinctive sequence,” he emphasises.
Lyric Jain, founder and CEO of Logically mentioned that Covishaala has been designed particularly to focus on these most susceptible to false information, rumours and narratives. “By empowering influential leaders and consultants with the knowledge and techniques they need to assist individuals of their communities, we are able to make a demonstrable and scalable affect towards damaging Covid-19 misinformation. We’re grateful for the help of our companions, Facebook and NewsMobile, in making this programme doable…Covid-19 misinformation is threatening lives and we should act now to fight it.”
Manish Chopra, director and head of partnerships at Facebook India mentioned: “This partnership is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to support fact-checkers and connect them with resources to stop the spread of Covid-19 and health misinformation. We look forward to supporting Logically and NewsMobile in our shared goal of addressing Covid-19 misinformation by training experts and community leaders to identify and reduce misinformation across the country.”
Covishaala will be run in the form of masterclass trainings that will empower the attendees with a certification course on misinformation and tools to fight it.
Please reach out to [email protected] to sign up for the program.