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Tech giants join with governments to fight Covid misinformation | Technology

Facebook, Twitter and Google are working with a coalition of governments including the UK and Canada to fight misinformation and conspiracy theories around Covid vaccinations. Formed by the British fact-checking charity Full Fact, the new working group will aim to set cross-platform standards for tackling misinformation – as well as how to hold organisations accountable for their failure to do so. “Bad information ruins lives, and we all have a responsibility to fight it where we see it,” said Full Fact’s chief executive, Will Moy. “The coronavirus pandemic and the...
Science

Danish Covid mink variant ‘very likely extinct’, but controversial cull continues | Environment

The Covid-19 mink variant that led to a cull of all mink in Denmark and the resignation of the country’s agriculture minister on Wednesday, is “very likely extinct”, said Denmark’s health ministry.The cull was sparked by research from one of Denmark’s public health bodies, the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), which showed that a mink variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus called C5 was harder for antibodies to neutralise and posed a potential threat to vaccine efficacy. A press release from the Danish Health Ministry on Thursday said the SSI had not...
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