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Can we have a temporary report category for people spreading false information about Covid-19?

There's currently a woman saying she's an essential worker and stating that this is all a big conspiracy.

There's no way to report that incredibly dangerous statement.
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BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
This happened in my city. An "essential healthcare worker" published claimed about the coronavirus being a hoax. She was in charge of delivering food to hospitals in her area. She worked for a catering company. She thought that driving a truck full of frozen food to several hospitals meant she was in the medical community.
adorbz · 22-25, F
this would be good. Misleading content is already against the TOS and should be easier to report
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@1027452,adorbz] yeah especially with so much bullshit around the pandemic actively harming people.
justanothername · 51-55, M
She must be a Republican.
Don’t understand the context. Where was she making this statement?
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@1115909,Notladylike] on here. She's just written a post about it.
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] I wouldn’t even touch that. Most people know essential worker is a broad category and not the same as health worker. The conspiracy theory narrative is a popular one because people need answers and can’t sit with uncertainty. Just look at the whole autism/vaccine train wreck. It’s not worth your energy
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@1115909,Notladylike] that's why I'd rather there be an option to report it.
The problem with that is knowing where to draw the line. Calling it a hoax is obvious, but other statements fall into the huge gray area.
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
[@371164,SooperSarah] I tend to agree. Site censorship can get into promoting one view over another.
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@371164,SooperSarah] I'm talking about someone specifically calling it a hoax, there's no grey area.
adorbz · 22-25, F
[@371164,SooperSarah] Not really, the point is it’s the admins decision and they decide not to remove those posts. I want a way we can tell the admins when something misleading is posted even if they won’t remove it, because there will be the occasional one that is actually dangerous and really should be removed, currently there’s no way to report that
Muthafukajones · 41-45, M
Freedom of speech means people are free to say things that are false and imoral
Muthafukajones · 41-45, M
One life cannot be your criteria to limit freedom. We all need freedom more than few people need life without freedom. [@337880,CheshireCatalyst]
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@370417,Muthafukajones] and who chooses those lives to be sacrificed? What if they were your family? Your friends?
Muthafukajones · 41-45, M
Who they are isn’t important. Our society is more important than any one person or group. [@337880,CheshireCatalyst]
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
While I totally agree that misinformation of all kinds is dangerous. I don't believe it's a sites responsibility to fact check.

That would get into the quasi area where opinions can be censored.

Better is to point out the areas where they are wrong. Back it up with your own links would also be prudent.
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] because you drag them into a Quagmire that they can not get out of.
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@412417,DeWayfarer] they're making a lot of money from us. I encourage them to work harder for that.
DeWayfarer · 61-69, M
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] no sites like this are barely making it at all. In fact doing what you are asking will put them out of business totally. And you won't have a site to complain about! This particular site has only two admin and two moderators. They can't afford anything else!
Oosure · M
Why is it dangerous? Does it frighten you?
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@412486,Oosure] the global pandemic that has killed over a million people? Yes, absolutely.
Jackaloftheazuresand · 26-30, M
What's the harm, somebody might actually try to topple the power structure of the global elite?
BlueMetalChick · 26-30, F
[@383281,Jackaloftheazuresand] Perhaps, true. Although I'd like to think we can save crazy people too. I might be reaching on that one though.
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@383281,Jackaloftheazuresand] aren't those lives worth protecting?
Jackaloftheazuresand · 26-30, M
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] Protecting people from themselves has never been my forte. Never before has anyone cared for my guidance in that so now is no different for me.
[@6579,BlueMetalChick] I'm actually surprised you're commenting, it seems out of character for you to concern yourself with these types
Oosure · M
How long have you been anti-free speech?
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@412486,Oosure] how long have you been a very unhappy, brainwashed internet troll?
[@412486,Oosure] free speech doesn't relieve you from being responsible for what you say.
Leggs · 46-50, F
I think half the management at ANY job though is non essential. I know among them there is an amnesia pandemic. Especially a few of the dumb ass bosses at my job.
Gangstress · 36-40, F
Everyone turned into a scientist this year. Twats need to realise what they're good at. Be stacking shelves or sorting out spreadsheets
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@467717,Gangstress] my spreadsheet had line 19 in it WAY before this virus appeared. COINCIDENCE?!
Leggs · 46-50, F
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] OR as a hipster might say -
You were using the number 19 before it became cool to do so.

Back before covid-19 when someone asked about the number, hipsters would say, "Oh just a number you probably never heard of".
PhpPhoenix · 31-35, M
Deleting statements that put people in danger is a good idea in theory, but don't expect this to happen for anything other than the most obvious ones. Fact checking is a complicated matter and not something anyone can do in a few minutes next to a full time job, development of the site and other moderating.

Nevertheless, a report option for the obvious ones would be useful.
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@1125975,PhpPhoenix] I agree with you completely
Miram · 26-30, F
There should be a tag attached to the posts as warning it's not credible nor verified, also includes links to credible sources of information.

Unless the person has proven their identity and credentials.

This applies to those claiming to have had an infection, and it is not so bad. Positive results of COVID-19 can be provided in a notice.
CheshireCatalyst · 36-40, M
[@1125975,PhpPhoenix] I don't know anything about how the internet works, but I know if I use the F word in a post it automatically flags it as adult. I assume there's a way of adding a tag to ANY post with the word Covid or Corona in it with a link to the facts?
PhpPhoenix · 31-35, M
[@337880,CheshireCatalyst] That should indeed not be too hard.
Miram · 26-30, F
[@1125975,PhpPhoenix]

[quote]And marking someone who had it as a credible source is already venturing into a big gray area.[/quote]

I am not saying it is a credible source. I am saying if they claim to have had it, they should provide proofs of having it.

It doesn't show that they have the best knowledge available right now. But at least it will weave out more liars and there are many of them here.

 
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