This week, Third Sector's editor Emily Burt and features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney chat about the impact that misinformation can have on charities' work and what they can do to tackle the issue.
They discuss the recent case of covid:aid, a covid support charity, which was forced to stop promoting a campaign celebrating people who had helped others during the pandemic, after it was targeted by anti-vaccine campaigners and those who believe the pandemic is hoax.
The pair also discuss the news that a group of people attempted to prevent the RNLI launching a lifeboat in Hastings over misinformation around refugees.
Emily and Rebecca are joined by Will Moy, chief executive of the fact-checking charity Full Fact, to talk about how charities can handle these kinds of attacks and what role they have to play in tacking misinformation in public life. The Full Fact research he refers to can be found here.
This week's Good News Bulletin includes:
- A satirical fundraiser set up to fit RNLI boats with rocket launchers to prevent people blocking them. (Please note, since the episode was recorded, the GoFundMe page has now been changed to a straightforward fundraiser for the lifeboat charity).
- Bailey the "untrainable" stray dog, who left the Dogs Trust's care to work for Essex Fire and Rescue Service.
You can listen to the episode below, or wherever you get your podcasts: