Fact-checking organization Snopes has actually been forced to scale back its routine content production and unique jobs, as the quantity of misinformation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has actually overwhelmed its fact-checkers.
In a blog post that was later on released as a series of tweets, the organization stated the pandemic is “overwhelming” its small group and that it can’t ask them to ramp up efficiency at a time when everybody’s individual lives are being put under such strain.
Facebook, which up until last year had actually partnered with Snopes to combat false information, promised to remove coronavirus misinformation, only for a software bug to begin marking legitimate news posts as spam It eliminated false information published by several prominent accounts but later on declined to eliminate a deceptive tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk
In its announcement, Snopes offered some recommendations on how individuals might help to fight the spread of misinformation. It likewise called for people to support Snopes straight with contributions and to lobby huge tech platforms to do more to fight false information themselves.
As well as downsizing production on its routine material, Snopes states that it’s providing all of its employees a $750 cash perk to help with any costs they may be facing, and it has said it will use paid time off for people as they care for themselves and their families.
In the meantime, if you wish to take a look at the COVID-19 fact-checking Snopes has already done, you can do so here