Collaboration launched to fight fake news on health issues


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • Univadis Medical News
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An international consortium of stakeholders has come together to launch the No Rumour Health project. The European project is designing a mobile application (app) for older people to help them to identify ‘fake news’.

The project will run for two years and has received almost €130,000 in funding. Its aim is to combat disinformation, especially in people over 65 years and more specifically in women.

To carry out this task of combating "health lies," the project proposes two main objectives: one will be the mobile app which will check the most common false health information and the most shared information on social networks and the other is to develop online modules to learn how to identify fake news and to know which pages are reliable. "These modules can help discern when information is true and when it is not," says Empar Vengut, manager of the No Rumour Health project.

All the contents that will be created will be available in the three languages of the participating countries - Spain, Poland and Greece, in addition to the UK. They will be developed with the collaboration of several associations, both social and health related, that will help support the study and test its application.