Policy report

Misinformation and disinformation: an international effort using behavioural science to tackle the spread of misinformation

Social media News media Digital news Digital communications Digital literacy Behavioural insights Misinformation

Driven by a joint objective to better understand and reduce the spread of misinformation with insights and tools from behavioural science, the OECD, in partnership with behavioural science experts from the Canadian Privy Council's Office's Impact Canada (IIU) and from the French Direction interministérielle de la transformation publique (DITP), launched a first-of-its-kind international collaboration.

This study tested the impact of two behaviourally-informed interventions on intentions to share true and false news headlines about COVID-19 on social media, an attention accuracy prompt, and a set of digital media literacy tips. The policy paper outlines key behavioural insights gained to help improve policy responses and stop the spread of mis- and dis-information.

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OECD Public Governance Policy Paper 21