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How does biomedical misinformation spread in Africa?


Fake news is a global problem not limited to a particular region or continent. However, until recently, substantial attention has been paid to this phenomenon mainly in the USA and Europe. Today, it appears that it is the African continent whose inhabitants are exposed to fake news to a far greater extent than Americans or Europeans. The current socio-political climate in Africa seems to have encouraged the spread of biomedical misinformation, prefabricated by various individuals and groups, through video messages, images, interviews and newspaper articles.

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Authors: Prof. RNDr. Vanda Boštíková, Ph.D., Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and Prof. RNDr. Aleš Macela, DrSc., Faculty of Military Health Science, University of Defence

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