June 29, 2020
Ireland reopens pubs, gyms and hairdressers; deaths exceed 500,000; California governor closes bars in several counties; half a million confined in Beijing
- Global report: Covid-19 deaths pass half a million
- US health secretary says ‘window closing’ to stop virus
- New Zealand’s isolation facilities under ‘extreme stress’
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By limiting the number of people a user can share posts with, Facebook et al could help flatten the curve of misinformation, writes Leo Mirani.
The spread of misinformation is enabled by the structures of social networks. These structures reduce friction in sharing. They speed up flows of information and incentivise users to post things that will earn likes, replies and shares.
The same incentives are weaponised by malicious actors, who rely on regular people to amplify their message.
Related: No more going viral: why not apply social distancing to social media? | Leo Mirani
Tourists travelling to Greece will be required from Wednesday to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance to determine whether they need to be tested for coronavirus on arrival.
Over the weekend, the Greek government ended random testing of travellers according to their country of origin, which had confused tourists.