The virus of false news: a challenge for scientists

Le virus des fausses nouvelles: un défi pour les scientifiques

The scientific community has the responsibility to better share his work in order to avoid the spread of false news, said the chief scientist of Québec.

Rémi Quirion noticed, like many others, the avalanche of false news and conspiracy theories that fell in the public sphere since the beginning of the pandemic.

But this reality existed long before the COVID-19, ” he recalls, hence the importance for the experts to better popularize their work among the population.

“It is a challenge for we, the scientists, the researchers, to make science more fun. This is not heavy and difficult, ” says Dr. Quirion.

The chief scientist calls for an approach less rigid, less daunting and more fun.

“It is to find a way to expand everything, to go beyond scientific publications in journals to be very sharp, for an example there.

Social networks

A science communicator for the Organization for science and society at McGill University, Jonathan Jarry believes that the scientists, doctors and other experts need to be more present on the social networks. To the extent that they are good communicators.

“It takes people who are well-trained to convey the right information. Because we don’t need presentations flat to 45-minute badly filmed with a sound that griche ” sets out there.

Especially that the fight against the misinformation does not equal weapons.

“Misinformation is much more attractive : it frightens us, makes us anxious, so it spreads much better,” he said.

So as to rectify the false news circulating represents a task much more difficult.

“In science, there is often a mode response : the mis-spell, you must respond and correct the shot. The problem is that the correction will never join many people as the false news in itself “, summarizes Mr. Jarry.

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