Experts warn that online misinformation should never be deleted.  

The UK’s national academy of science said removing bogus claims circulating on the internet could actually make the situation worse.

According to The Royal Society, it could “exacerbate feelings of distrust” and lead people to search for information in dark corners.

Misinformation has been rife throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with incorrect claims about vaccines allowed to spread on major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – including that the jabs contain microchips or can alter DNA.

Another conspiracy theory was that 5G caused the pandemic, which resulted in phone masts being set ablaze.

However, the Royal Society, who commissioned an investigation into the impact of the internet on scientific communication, stated that investing in fact-checking websites is the best solution. 

It argued that this would stop misinformation spreading and could help readers seek answers to complex subjects. 

This also demanded that the UK’s communications regulator be empowered to act on misinformation as well as for online platforms to create technology to detect and correct false information.

A YouGov poll of 2,019 people, commissioned by the Royal Society researchers, found eight in 10 people believe the Covid vaccine are 'very' or 'fairly' safe, with Pfizer being the most trusted vaccine, followed by Moderna and AstraZeneca

A YouGov survey of 2,019 adults, conducted by Royal Society researchers, revealed that eight out 10 believe Covid vaccines are safe. Pfizer was the most trusted, followed closely by Moderna, AstraZeneca, and AstraZeneca.

The survey also found that commissioned by the Royal Society researchers, found eight in 10 people believe the Covid vaccine are 'very' or 'fairly' safe, with Pfizer being the most trusted vaccine, followed by Moderna and AstraZeneca

A Royal Society research team also conducted the survey, which found that 8/10 people believed the Covid vaccine were’very safe’ or ’fairly safe. Pfizer was the most trusted vaccine followed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, and AstraZeneca.

Chair of the report was Professor Frank Kelly from the University of Cambridge, who is a mathematician. He stated that science “stands at the edge of error” and that scientific endeavor is “characterized by uncertainty.” 

He explained that in the initial days of the pandemic science was too frequently portrayed as absolute, and therefore not trustworthy when it rectifies itself.

“But, that prodding of and testing of accepted wisdom is integral for the advancement of science and society. 


Online misinformation spread about Covid vaccinations throughout the pandemic.

The conspiracy theorists assert that the jabs implant microchips and can alter your DNA to give you Covid.

CLAIM: It was rushed and isn’t safe

FACT: No safety precautions were taken by the researchers. It is proven safe by large real-world tests.

CLAIM – It transforms my DNA 

FACT: It’s impossible for the vaccine to change your DNA 

CLAIM: It can give you Covid

FACT: The vaccine doesn’t contain a live virus strain, meaning it is impossible to catch the virus from the injection

CLAIM: It contains egg protein

FACT: It doesn’t contain egg proteins and can be given to people with allergies

CLAIM: It causes severe side effects

FACT: Most people experience mild side effects from the vaccine within a couple of days.

CLAIM: It makes women infertile

FACT: No evidence has been presented to support the claim that vaccines cause infertility.

CLAIM: It contains alcohol

FACT: It doesn’t contain alcohol

CLAIM: It can’t be taken if you have existing health issues

FACT: Consult your GP before you get the jab if there are any concerns about your existing medical conditions.

CLAIM – The vaccine has both animal and human DNA

FACT: Covid’s vaccines contain no human or animal genetic material

CLAIM: There is a microchip inside the vaccine

FACT: Covid vaccines contain no microchips

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Kelly said, “This is an important point to remember when we’re trying to reduce scientific misinformation’s harmful effects on society.” 

‘Clamping down on claims outside the consensus may seem desirable — but it can hamper the scientific process and force genuinely malicious content underground.’  

The Royal Society interviewed more than 2000 Britons as part of their report to find out how many believed misinformation.

The study found that 82% of respondents believed Covid jabs to be safe and 90% thought humans are responsible for climate change.  

This indicates that the “vast majority” of Britons support the scientific consensus. But, it warns that those who challenge the science may be influential.

The inaccuracies of information “can cause damage to individuals and society as a whole”, they said.

According to the report, it was important for government to take measures to safeguard independent media as they are able to expose people to many viewpoints and provide trusted information. 

Reddit, a company that removes misinformation from its users’ websites, and Instagram, which bans hashtags against vaccination, said the researchers.

Experts warned that “those who seek to propagate such misinformation” were capable of quickly changing their tactics.

According to them, instead of relying on social media users for misinformation detection and reporting it, this can lead to a “powerful anecdote”.

According to the team, social media giants might limit its spread by placing limits on the number of times messages can be sent via online messaging. They also use algorithms that validate information within images and messages.

They demanded funding be provided to fact-checking businesses, which are ‘vital in maintaining a healthy online environment.

Adults over the age of 65 should receive digital literacy training.

According to the team, people can share information for altruistic reasons as well as profit and political motives.

Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute, which is an expert on technology, society, and was one the researchers said that scientific misinformation can not only affect people, but also society, and future generations, if it’s allowed to spread unchecked.

“Our survey showed people share misinformation for complex reasons, and we will not change that by providing more facts.

“We require new strategies in order to make sure that high-quality information is available online and can be competitive in an ever-changing attention economy.”

“This involves investing in information literacy programs, provenance-enhancing technologies and data sharing mechanisms between researchers and platforms.

The No10 Safety Bill is currently in dispute.  

This bill will hold tech companies accountable for any ‘harmful content’ they post on their platforms.

The regulator Ofcom, Government and social media platforms would have more control to manage what users see in news feeds.

The Tories warn it will be It is considered ‘catastrophic” for ordinary citizens’ freedom of expression. 

These proposed rules raise the possibility that Silicon Valley businesses could remove legal posts they believe aren’t ‘politically right’. 

Industry representatives believe that MailOnline and other news organizations should be granted a positive exemption from the bills’ provisions. 

Peter Wright (editor emeritus at DMG Media) told MPs October that they should not moderate journalistic content produced from’recognised media publishers’.