Graceless And Joyless

July 14, 2020

By  Paul Fidalgo, The Morning Heresy, July 13, 2020

This is fascinating. Fast Company reports on a study showing that a way to get people to share less misinformation online is for social media platforms to provide “accuracy nudges,” little prompts that prime the user to be ever-more-slightly skeptical.

About one sixth of the members of the Mississippi legislature, as well as the lieutenant governor, have tested positive for COVID-19 after refusing to wear masks.

Nasal swab tests for COVID-19 are not, in fact, “implanting something” for nefarious purposes or otherwise. A metal piece inside a surgical mask is not a 5G antenna.

The AP rounds up instances of churches becoming COVID-19 hot spots: “From the earliest phases of the pandemic, and continuing to this day, some worship services and other religious activities have been identified as sources of local outbreaks.”

Science advocate Anne Borden King says she posted about her cancer diagnosis on Facebook, and now all she sees are snake oil ads. She writes in the Times: “Interestingly, I haven’t seen any legitimate cancer care ads in my newsfeed, just pseudoscience.”

Jesse Walker at Reason looks at how right-wing conspiracy theories develop out of things meant originally as jokes or satire (but also from the far right): “We’d have much more resilient readers if people would get in the habit of asking themselves, Is this a joke?

The FTC has ordered the marketer of the supplement Thrive to stop making claims that it can treat or prevent COVID-19 and cancer.

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