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How Malta Got Vaccination Right, Why Web TV is More Divise and More: Inoculated (4.11.2021)

Inoculated, a weekly newsletter that explores the intersection of anti-vaccine beliefs, technology, and politics. I'm Eva von Schaper and I write this newsletter together with Daiva Repečkaitė. If you like the newsletter, listen to our podcast, The Inoculation!

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🚨🚨 Did you know that the tiny island of Malta is an overachiever in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic? It's managed to vaccinate over 90 percent of its population. How? It's not overly science-friendly, its citizens don't have a particularly deep belief in science and they do harbor beliefs in conspiracy theories. To find out, Daiva talked to public health and infodemic expert Prof. Neville Calleja and vaccination program’s coordinator Steve Agius. Listen to our podcast tomorrow if you want to find out how they did it. 🚨🚨

📰News of the week:

  1. According to ISD , TikTok is not adding banners to all videos as it said it would.

2. CNN's public editor on why web video is more divisive than TV.

3. The Verge reports that WhatsApp says its forwarding limits have cut the spread of viral messages by 70 percent.

📝 Longform of the week:

Facebook Is Hiding the Most Important Misinformation Data
Billions of people have apparently encountered vaccine lies on the platform, but that number means nothing without a denominator.

🎁Bonus read of the week:

The Facebook Papers Must Be Shared With Outlets Globally
The news consortium exposing the company’s worldwide abuses hasn’t included the journalists best equipped to report on them—those in the global south.

That's it for this week. Our next podcast episode is tomorrow. Is there a story we should add to next week's newsletter? Someone we should interview on our podcast? Ping us!

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