In this Boletin, we provide:
- Definitions for mis, dis, and mal information
- Descriptions of how mis, dis, and malinformation impacted Latin@ communities and prevented access to life-saving services during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Tips for what individuals can do when they come across mis, dis, and malinformation in their networks.
From our research and advocacy, we know that social media platforms like Facebook, TikTok, and WhatsApp spread mis and disinformation at high volumes. This became more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many Latin@s experienced fear, isolation, depression, financial hardship, violence, and life-threatening injuries.
At Esperanza United, we are very concerned about mis, dis, and malinformation because it perpetuates isolation, erodes trust, is an example of power and control, and prevents individuals, like victims of gender-based violence from getting the resources and support they need to heal.