As an interdisciplinary center with a global scope, Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) has a unique ability to leverage diverse expertise to support rigorous academic research and produce real-world impact. We are dedicated to improving our understanding of the complex web of conduits that breed health misinformation, examining the downstream consequences on our offline lives, and determining what we can do to improve the health information ecosystem.
Nudging People Towards Accuracy on Social Media
The number of harmful conspiracy theories, myths, and tropes about coronavirus has skyrocketed in the wake of the pandemic. In partnership with MIT, we investigate why people believe and spread false (and true) news content about COVID-19, and test an intervention intended to increase the truthfulness of the content people share on social media.