01 April 2020 – Provided guidance on fake news and misinformation

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Public information
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The German Government provides information on how to distinguish official information from potential myths and fake information on a separate site on their homepage.

It explains how official statistics are calculated, how COVID-19 tests work, how differences between countries in infection rates, death rates and other statistics can be explained, and what information the government is basing its decision on.

It also provides guidance to critically reflect on information before spreading it, links to official government information sources and fact checking websites.
Full details here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/falschmeldungen-erkennen-1738120