Misinformation (especially intentional and reckless rather than mistaken) is really sinister – why do people engage in it or celebrate someone else’s misfortunate or demise caused by it? When it comes to important health and wellbeing related matters like the coronavirus and vaccines, misinformation has killed people. Yes, people have died because they’ve followed what they’ve read online by people who have intentionally mislead them or provided information in bad faith.
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Australians are being urged to be wary of online disinformation as the federal government prepares to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine next month.