How should journalists cover mis- and disinformation in a way that doesn't just help false stories reach a bigger audience?
This post by Nic Dias and Claire Wardle on the First Draft website poses 10 questions reporters can ask themselves when writing about false and misused materials, drawn from the organisation's debunking work during the French, German and UK elections.
The questions focus on aspects such as identifying your audience and the moment when these stories are big enough to be covered, as well as coming up with ways to write corrections that "minimise chances of blowback" from readers when problematic material is used in reporting.
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