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Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation

The pandemic lays bare the failure to quarantine online scams, hoaxes and lies amid political battles, writes Joan Donovan.

“The pandemic lays bare how tech companies’ reluctance to act recursively worsens our world,” says Donovan. “In times of uncertainty, the vicious cycle is more potent than ever. Scientific debates that are typically confined to a small community of experts become fodder for mountebanks of all kinds.”

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