EFE Verifica collaborates in the campaign launched on Tuesday by the College of Physicians of Madrid (Icomem) to raise public awareness about the damage caused by false health information circulating on the internet.
The verification team of the EFE Agency will participate in the digital Observatory created by the Madrid Medical Association to answer questions about myths and lies that affect health in the framework of this campaign, called "Tell me really, not false news" .
EFE Verifica, together with Maldita Ciencia and the Association to Protect the Patient from Pseudoscientific Therapies (APETP), will be in charge of detecting and identifying practices that put the population's health at risk through false information.
Citizens may also report false news directly through a form on the website of the College of Physicians, which will then be analyzed and resolved by the Scientific Council of the institution.
The Icomem campaign also appeals to the responsible use of social networks to disseminate and receive health information, especially when it comes from non-health personnel or non-official institutions interested in promoting pseudoscientific practices or pseudotherapies, explains its president, Miguel Ángel Sánchez Chillón.
According to the Eurobarometer, almost eight out of ten Spaniards find news that they believe distort reality or are false, but only 52% say they find it easy to detect.
83% of Spaniards and 76% of Europeans believe that this type of misinformation is a problem for democracy in general, and almost eight out of 10 Spaniards think it is a problem for our country.
The EFE verification team has been working for a year to dismantle "fake news" generated both in the political and social networks. At this time, EFE Verifica has denied bulos related to COVID-19, anti-vaccines or euthanasia.