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On 12/3/2021 at 1:02 PM, skitzorat said:

Having a forked tongue, sometimes the truth slips out.

 

Well this is pretty terrifying...it's one full-on hit piece.. they must be aware they're loosing the narrative to issue such an all encompassing article like this. Pure Soviet.

Sorry, I wouldn't normal copy/paste the entirety of an article like this, but LOOK at what they're presenting to the Kiwi public... the inserts, the language, the vailed threats - UGH>

 

 

'It's a hellscape': The age of misinformation is here - can government close the rabbit hole?

 

 

Misinformation can kill, and almost two years since Covid-19 hit our shores it’s a national security issue with no easy solution. How is it impacting how we treat each other, and society at large? Michelle Duff reports.

 

Remember laughing at the United States? Even a year ago, it seemed implausible that people in Aotearoa would seriously believe the world is controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshipping paedophiles running a global sex-trafficking ring.

 

Yet in government documents grappling with how to contain the infodemic, this outlandish theory from far-right conspiracy group QAnon was cited as among the misinformation that poses a significant threat to our way of life.

 

“Anti-mask and anti-lockdown narratives, often couched in broad human rights and basic freedoms terms (and often grounded in narratives linked to the US constitution) [have] found fertile ground amongst followers of a few influencers, political parties and some church congregations,” a Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet briefing reads.

 

READ MORE:

Is it time we regulated against misinformation on Facebook?
Coronavirus: 'Dangerous' Covid-19 conspiracy theories on the rise

 

It goes on to outline how so far, the country’s relatively high level of trust in the state and the media has largely inoculated the public from widespread belief of false or misleading information. We aren’t yet in the same post-truth environment as the United States, the United Kingdom or even Australia.

But that was pre-Auckland lockdown. Now, says Sanjana Hattotuwa, , of the University of Auckland Te Pūnaha Matatini’s The Disinformation Project, we are there.

 

“I can’t stress this enough. The social fabric of New Zealand is being tested and threatened daily, in ways that are historically unprecedented,” Hattotuwa says.

“You have here, and for the first time with this voracity and increasing violence, an issue that has been brewing in other parts of the world. It is here, and it is a hellscape.”

 

Why people are susceptible to vaccination misinformation

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Covid-19 conspiracy theories and mis- and disinformation have increased exponentially since August 17, when Auckland went into level 4 lockdown. The Government identified it as a national security threat before this, with NZSIS Director-General Rebecca Kitteridge using a speech in June to raise the radicalising power of disinformation and its increasing potential for offline violence.

 

By now, everyone knows someone who has fallen down the rabbit hole. No-one seems immune. Journalist and former Franklin County News editor Rex Warwood was spreading anti-Covid misinformation on his Facebook page shortly before dying from the illness last week.

 

The vast majority of us are vaccinated, trust what Dr Ashley Bloomfield is telling us, and don’t think Covid is a hoax or the vaccine is making us magnetic. Many of the vaccine-hesitant do not believe in vast conspiracy theories.

 

But, once ensconced in the disinformation ecosystem of closed Facebook groups or shadow social media apps like Telegram, where sense and fact-checking is almost non-existent, reality as we know it can cease to exist. Vaccine mandates, the traffic light system, and opening of the vaccination to young children, have fuelled and accelerated anger.

 

The rage is often vitriolic, misogynistic, and racist. It’s rooted in intolerance, but also distrust and fear and a sense of righteousness, which makes addressing it complex.

In research by the Classification Office earlier this year, more than half of respondents said government was best placed to deal with this. But Stuff can reveal the main question it has been grappling with for the past several months is: how?

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A serious threat to national security

Documents viewed by Stuff  (yes national security documents are given to the media freely now it would seem) show the Government is treating the risks posed by the infodemic to both individuals and society as a “significant national security issue”. That’s in relation to the danger of radicalisation and extremism leading to terrorist attacks, but also the health and safety of people in general and the way we relate to each other and live our lives.

 

Yet in trying to address it, the Government is in a difficult place. It is aware any attempts to counter disinformation could feed into conspiracy narratives of state control. This is challenging. Unlike child sexual exploitation or terrorist extremist content, misinformation often existed in a grey area where it was legal (but could still cause untold harm.)

 

It is also worrying on a personal and societal level, it says.

“This confusion over what is true could not only lead individuals to make misinformed choices in their own lives, it can also have significant issues for national security,” it states.

 

This includes the politicisation of scientific facts to undermine the Covid-19 response, creating and amplifying social divisions, challenging national values, and inciting violence.

 

Racist, Treaty of Waitangi-based and gendered narratives (?LOL!?) were of real concern, it said. “Online spaces are being systemically weaponised against women leaders, with politically motivated gendered stereotypes and personal attacks posing a serious threat to women’s equal political participation.”

 

It has pulled together a group of 11 government agencies including the DPMC, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, the Department of Internal Affairs, CERT NZ and the police to work on a strategic plan to address disinformation and its harms.

It will report to a group of ministers. But in the briefing documents, there’s little detail on policies that might go towards stemming the infodemic. The Department of Internal Affairs media content regulation review is discussed.

 

Long-term moves could include building resistance to disinformation and critical thinking teaching into the school curriculum, to prevent later radicalisation.

But any move had to be considered within the context of whether it would make matters worse. It was better to work with other independent groups more widely to tackle misinformation, rather than have it come from a single government entity, the documents state.

 

In a way, this is logical. As Dylan Reeve wrote in The Spinoff, a comment by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, where she said the Government was the “single source of truth”, has since been used by various groups to allege mind control.

But The Workshop’s Jess Berentson-Shaw says the Government is being too risk-averse. “It’s great they are proposing a strategy and framework. Less great is the focus on civil society to do the work.

 

“That’s very much the job, I think, of people in government. They are there to create robust systems for our wellbeing, and one of them is building societies and communities that are resistant to false information.”

 

If the pandemic hadn’t revealed this, it would have been something else, she says. “It could be some other large-scale collective challenge, climate change for example, that pushed us into this really difficult space.

 

“There’s been a slow uptake in understanding how people in government develop and deliver information, and that’s a critical skill that’s missing. They need good public education that’s not just this neutral presentation of facts,(what the fuck?!) and any shift from that approach is seen as risky now.”

 

Research shows trust in government increases when people see themselves as part of it. “They should be concerned about how we rebuild some trust, and don’t let any slip.”

 

In a statement, DPMC national security group deputy chief executive Tony Lynch said the strategy for mis- and disinformation would be developed next year. Teams within DPMC and the Ministry of Health were actively monitoring disinformation now, along with CERT NZ and Te Pūnaha Matatini, which was informing Covid-19 messaging.

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Overlapping misinformation from a few sources

CERT NZ is the government agency responsible for receiving and collating reports of mis- and disinformation related to Covid-19. It has received more than 1500 reports this year, including pamphlets, posters, letters, videos, websites, emails and social media.

 

In an analysis produced in August of the 860 reports made in the first half of the year, obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act, it found more than 80 per cent of the misinformation produced in New Zealand came from the same related sources.

 

Voices for Freedom, failed political party Advance NZ and an organisation called The Real News were identified as the main proponents of false information, and were linked through individuals associated with them and the content and themes they pushed.

Thirteen themes were identified, which rose and subsided over time, often in alignment with what is being circulated internationally.

 

Suspicion of the Covid-19 vaccine remained the most prominent. The items with the most reports were flyers from Voices for Freedom, of which millions have been distributed around New Zealand, with titles like: “Covid Vaccine Facts Reference List; Are You Fed Up With Covid Yet?,” and, “What’s All The Fuss About Masks?”

 

Events like the beginning of Covid-19 vaccination, the Auckland lockdown, and the travel bubble with Australia brought with them new waves of misinformation.

 

This relatively small number of people responsible for spreading falsehoods is similar to patterns identified overseas. In a recent report from the Center for Countering Digital Harm, 12 individuals in the United States were identified as responsible for 65 per cent of all online anti-vaccine content.

 

But trying to shut down these groups is like spraying weeds. Voices For Freedom, kicked off Facebook, encouraged followers to join them on Telegram. In this unregulated space, more than 158,000 New Zealanders are soaking up what’s served to them daily and nightly.

 
 

Hattotuwa says even if the number of Covid disinformation consumers and spreaders is relatively small, it will infiltrate the way mainstream New Zealand thinks and acts.

“It is definitely going to impact the way of life here. How you treat each other, how you see each other, how we talk to each other online or how you treat someone with a divergent opinion or background.

 

“It will move, and it might have already moved, from a Covid-19 problem to striking at the heart of the democratic process, and impacting elections.The level of hostility and violence, of openly instigating harm against journalists, politicians, experts talking about the vaccine, this is all new.”

 

He says the Government has been slow to act, and needs to move to improve social cohesion and limit polarisation now. The proposals in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the mosque terror attacks contain a blueprint for how to do this.

 

“The applicable laws, frameworks and processes of dealing with all-of-government problems are not fit for purpose, and in a way this is moving faster and with more veracity and complexity than the Government probably can handle,” he says.

 

“It’s a challenge that’s so complicated because in a country like Aotearoa, misinformation feeds off historical inequities, gendered discrimination, and communal grievances, and new things like Covid-19 threads into that like a garment.”

 

But anarchy is not destiny, he says. “What happens henceforth will be determined by how we deal with people who don’t want to be vaccinated, how we deal with the planned protests, aggression, tension, and anxiety. It’s already having an impact, and whether it expands and entrenches remains to be seen.”

 

There are still some protective factors. Auckland University of Technology senior lecturer and co-director of its centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) Dr Merja Myllylahti says trust in the news media is generally higher in New Zealand than abroad. This is still relatively low, with less than half of New Zealanders (48 per cent) trusting the news media. The most recent JMAD survey found it had dropped by five percentage points since 2020, and is expected to erode further. This should be a concern for everyone, she says.

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“It’s verified information, it has proper sources which are normally named, it’s professionally produced, it’s been checked. Key news values are accuracy and transparency – we know where claims come from.

 

“How do people participate in processes if they’re misinformed? If they have wrong information about party politics, if it’s biased and not factual, of course it has a massive impact on democracy. It doesn’t help them to act as citizens in a society.”

 

People in the survey said they did want accurate information. “They have enough opinions, they just want facts and data they can trust,” Myllylahti said.

An opportunity for change

Society works because people accept rules and regulations, that those at the top know what they are doing and are generally telling the truth and acting in our best interests. This is part of the “social contract” that organises our lives.

Beijing Normal University conspiracy theory researcher, New Zealander M R X Dentith, says this is one of the things conspiracy theories threaten. Incidents like the anti-lockdown traffic protests are a group of people going out of their way to disrupt an agreed way of life because they believe it's inherently wrong or corrupt. “If you don’t believe there are a trusted set of people doing the mahi at the top of society, and you start doubting the experts, then you start doubting other rules.”

 

Dentith doesn’t think tendencies to believe in these ideas are new, simply that we can now see it on a larger scale. And it’s clear certain places, for example faith-based community Destiny Church, become hubs for bad ideas and information.

“It might be the case that this has always been a feature of our society, but it’s curious we tolerated this before the pandemic. Maybe we need to look at how society is structured to allow these communities to exist.”

 

Dentith thinks that on the whole, New Zealand has done a much better job than other countries in maintaining trust, particularly in the pandemic’s early days. “It was the best health communication response anywhere in the Western world, and there was a much lesser chance for disinformation to enter the public discourse. That's the kind of thing we need.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300469809/its-a-hellscape-the-age-of-misinformation-is-here--can-government-close-the-rabbit-hole

 

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2 hours ago, skitzorat said:

Canadian woman organizes to secretly jab other people's kids without their knowledge. 

It's like a religion to these white woman.

They view it like Spanish priests viewed baptizing the children of Aztec savages, like it's their special calling and they're doing the Lords work.

 

Salty Cracker - Birthing Person Withholds Christmas Gifts Until Son Gets Fauci Jab

https://www.bitchute.com/video/xrE2CrJ5M0yC/

 

Children offered secret ride to vaccination clinic

 

Canadian vaccine advocates have sparked online controversy and reportedly faced threats, after offering to give teens whose parents are against inoculation for Covid-19 a ride to a vaccination site.

 

The row began on Friday, after a Saskatchewan community organizer named Julian Wotherspoon posted a Twitter message offering to assist any 13- to 17-year-olds who wanted to get vaccinated despite opposition from their parents. “I’m your ride to the clinic,” she said. “If anyone asks, I’m taking you and my kids to a movie. Let’s do this.”

 

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, children aged 13 and older “who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions” of a vaccine do not need a parent’s permission to be jabbed. Equally, teens can refuse immunization by giving “mature minor” consent to their health provider.

The authorities recommend families discuss the issue together with their children before they make the decision, however.

Wotherspoon’s tweet caused quite a stir online, eliciting both praise and outrage. She has since made her account private.

 

Another proponent of children’s vaccination, self-described “mommy blogger” Tenille Lafontaine, also of Saskatchewan, called Wotherspoon’s offer “amazing.” She added, “I’ve heard of a few teens getting the vaccine on their own because their parents are insane in the membrane. The kids are gonna be alright. Side note: I’m available to drive anytime.”

Other commenters pushed back, telling the two women to “stay away from other people’s children.” Some went as far as to liken their secret transport offer to kidnapping. 

 

Wotherspoon’s post had apparently been prompted by a news report on Wednesday that Saskatchewan’s government was requiring parents or guardians to accompany children aged 12 and younger for their Covid-19 vaccination. “We don’t want to ever give the perception we’re giving Covid-19 vaccine behind parents’ backs,” Health Minister Paul Merriman told CBC News. 

 

Lafontaine said that, following her offer to help children defy the wishes of their parents, she had received multiple threats of violence from “conservatives.” One of the messages she cited was a tweet saying, “Good way to get yourself shot.” 

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https://www.rt.com/news/542234-cananada-vaccination-children-help/

 

https://www.instagram.com/realtenille/?hl=en

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And of course nothing happens. Kidnapping peoples children is ok because it's "for the greater good" - Welcome to the new-normal; the chemists are jabbing your kids "accidently" with the wrong shot, the State is luring your kids into stadiums with ice-cream while storm troopers stop adults protesting outside and then you have a legion of creepers in the community broadcasting their eagerness to kidnap them.

 

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"Can I offer you a ride? I've got lollipops"

not advocating violence but she really does need a kick in the c*nt for that one doesn't she?
What a complete and utter overly self satisfied shit eating smug faced my shit doesn't stink grin she has on that expressionless, souless 'face' ?

In the words of the creepy child catcher (who used to freak me out as a kid) from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang bang :

" come along, kiddie winkies!  Here we are children, come and get your lollipops, Loll-eeepops! -
come along my little ones, they're all free today, cherry pie, cream puffs, ice cream, treacle tart"

 

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Female footballer, 34, who suffered seizures brought on by anxiety died after calling an ambulance because her heart was beating 'really fast', inquest hears

  • Kay Meredith-Hughes, 34, suffered an unexplained seizure at home on August 4
  • Her wife called 999 to say she could not breathe and had severe chest pains
  • Paramedics rushed to her house in Folkestone, Kent, but she could not be saved 
  • Fellow players at Hawkinge Town Ladies Recreational Football paid tribute to her
  • An inquest recorded a narrative conclusion, with the seizure's cause unknown  

By Stewart Carr For Mailonline

Published: 09:30 GMT, 7 December 2021 | Updated: 11:20 GMT, 7 December 2021

A female footballer with a history of anxiety died after suffering a sudden, unexplained seizure at her home, an inquest has heard.

Kay Meredith-Hughes, 34, who played for Hawkinge Town Ladies Recreational Football Club, woke up early at her home in Folkestone, Kent, on August 4, complaining that her heart was beating rapidly.

As she began struggling to breathe and her chest pains intensified, her wife Anna called an ambulance.

Paramedics rushed to the couple's address and provided CPR, attempted shock using a defibrillator and even gave fluids and adrenaline, however Mrs Meredith-Hughes could not be saved and tragically died at home. 

At yesterday's inquest at Maidstone Coroner's Court, a toxicology report stated: 'The cause of the sudden arrhythmia is not clear.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10283271/Female-footballer-34-died-sudden-seizure-brought-anxiety-inquest-hears.html

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1 hour ago, skitzorat said:

Well this is pretty terrifying...it's one full-on hit piece.. they must be aware they're loosing the narrative to issue such an all encompassing article like this. Pure Soviet.

Sorry, I wouldn't normal copy/paste the entirety of an article like this, but LOOK at what they're presenting to the Kiwi public... the inserts, the language, the vailed threats - UGH>

 

 

'It's a hellscape': The age of misinformation is here - can government close the rabbit hole?

 

 

Misinformation can kill, and almost two years since Covid-19 hit our shores it’s a national security issue with no easy solution. How is it impacting how we treat each other, and society at large? Michelle Duff reports.

 

Remember laughing at the United States? Even a year ago, it seemed implausible that people in Aotearoa would seriously believe the world is controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshipping paedophiles running a global sex-trafficking ring.

 

Yet in government documents grappling with how to contain the infodemic, this outlandish theory from far-right conspiracy group QAnon was cited as among the misinformation that poses a significant threat to our way of life.

 

“Anti-mask and anti-lockdown narratives, often couched in broad human rights and basic freedoms terms (and often grounded in narratives linked to the US constitution) [have] found fertile ground amongst followers of a few influencers, political parties and some church congregations,” a Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet briefing reads.

 

READ MORE:

Is it time we regulated against misinformation on Facebook?
Coronavirus: 'Dangerous' Covid-19 conspiracy theories on the rise

 

It goes on to outline how so far, the country’s relatively high level of trust in the state and the media has largely inoculated the public from widespread belief of false or misleading information. We aren’t yet in the same post-truth environment as the United States, the United Kingdom or even Australia.

But that was pre-Auckland lockdown. Now, says Sanjana Hattotuwa, , of the University of Auckland Te Pūnaha Matatini’s The Disinformation Project, we are there.

 

“I can’t stress this enough. The social fabric of New Zealand is being tested and threatened daily, in ways that are historically unprecedented,” Hattotuwa says.

“You have here, and for the first time with this voracity and increasing violence, an issue that has been brewing in other parts of the world. It is here, and it is a hellscape.”

 

Why people are susceptible to vaccination misinformation

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Covid-19 conspiracy theories and mis- and disinformation have increased exponentially since August 17, when Auckland went into level 4 lockdown. The Government identified it as a national security threat before this, with NZSIS Director-General Rebecca Kitteridge using a speech in June to raise the radicalising power of disinformation and its increasing potential for offline violence.

 

By now, everyone knows someone who has fallen down the rabbit hole. No-one seems immune. Journalist and former Franklin County News editor Rex Warwood was spreading anti-Covid misinformation on his Facebook page shortly before dying from the illness last week.

 

The vast majority of us are vaccinated, trust what Dr Ashley Bloomfield is telling us, and don’t think Covid is a hoax or the vaccine is making us magnetic. Many of the vaccine-hesitant do not believe in vast conspiracy theories.

 

But, once ensconced in the disinformation ecosystem of closed Facebook groups or shadow social media apps like Telegram, where sense and fact-checking is almost non-existent, reality as we know it can cease to exist. Vaccine mandates, the traffic light system, and opening of the vaccination to young children, have fuelled and accelerated anger.

 

The rage is often vitriolic, misogynistic, and racist. It’s rooted in intolerance, but also distrust and fear and a sense of righteousness, which makes addressing it complex.

In research by the Classification Office earlier this year, more than half of respondents said government was best placed to deal with this. But Stuff can reveal the main question it has been grappling with for the past several months is: how?

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A serious threat to national security

Documents viewed by Stuff  (yes national security documents are given to the media freely now it would seem) show the Government is treating the risks posed by the infodemic to both individuals and society as a “significant national security issue”. That’s in relation to the danger of radicalisation and extremism leading to terrorist attacks, but also the health and safety of people in general and the way we relate to each other and live our lives.

 

Yet in trying to address it, the Government is in a difficult place. It is aware any attempts to counter disinformation could feed into conspiracy narratives of state control. This is challenging. Unlike child sexual exploitation or terrorist extremist content, misinformation often existed in a grey area where it was legal (but could still cause untold harm.)

 

It is also worrying on a personal and societal level, it says.

“This confusion over what is true could not only lead individuals to make misinformed choices in their own lives, it can also have significant issues for national security,” it states.

 

This includes the politicisation of scientific facts to undermine the Covid-19 response, creating and amplifying social divisions, challenging national values, and inciting violence.

 

Racist, Treaty of Waitangi-based and gendered narratives (?LOL!?) were of real concern, it said. “Online spaces are being systemically weaponised against women leaders, with politically motivated gendered stereotypes and personal attacks posing a serious threat to women’s equal political participation.”

 

It has pulled together a group of 11 government agencies including the DPMC, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, the Department of Internal Affairs, CERT NZ and the police to work on a strategic plan to address disinformation and its harms.

It will report to a group of ministers. But in the briefing documents, there’s little detail on policies that might go towards stemming the infodemic. The Department of Internal Affairs media content regulation review is discussed.

 

Long-term moves could include building resistance to disinformation and critical thinking teaching into the school curriculum, to prevent later radicalisation.

But any move had to be considered within the context of whether it would make matters worse. It was better to work with other independent groups more widely to tackle misinformation, rather than have it come from a single government entity, the documents state.

 

In a way, this is logical. As Dylan Reeve wrote in The Spinoff, a comment by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, where she said the Government was the “single source of truth”, has since been used by various groups to allege mind control.

But The Workshop’s Jess Berentson-Shaw says the Government is being too risk-averse. “It’s great they are proposing a strategy and framework. Less great is the focus on civil society to do the work.

 

“That’s very much the job, I think, of people in government. They are there to create robust systems for our wellbeing, and one of them is building societies and communities that are resistant to false information.”

 

If the pandemic hadn’t revealed this, it would have been something else, she says. “It could be some other large-scale collective challenge, climate change for example, that pushed us into this really difficult space.

 

“There’s been a slow uptake in understanding how people in government develop and deliver information, and that’s a critical skill that’s missing. They need good public education that’s not just this neutral presentation of facts,(what the fuck?!) and any shift from that approach is seen as risky now.”

 

Research shows trust in government increases when people see themselves as part of it. “They should be concerned about how we rebuild some trust, and don’t let any slip.”

 

In a statement, DPMC national security group deputy chief executive Tony Lynch said the strategy for mis- and disinformation would be developed next year. Teams within DPMC and the Ministry of Health were actively monitoring disinformation now, along with CERT NZ and Te Pūnaha Matatini, which was informing Covid-19 messaging.

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Overlapping misinformation from a few sources

CERT NZ is the government agency responsible for receiving and collating reports of mis- and disinformation related to Covid-19. It has received more than 1500 reports this year, including pamphlets, posters, letters, videos, websites, emails and social media.

 

In an analysis produced in August of the 860 reports made in the first half of the year, obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act, it found more than 80 per cent of the misinformation produced in New Zealand came from the same related sources.

 

Voices for Freedom, failed political party Advance NZ and an organisation called The Real News were identified as the main proponents of false information, and were linked through individuals associated with them and the content and themes they pushed.

Thirteen themes were identified, which rose and subsided over time, often in alignment with what is being circulated internationally.

 

Suspicion of the Covid-19 vaccine remained the most prominent. The items with the most reports were flyers from Voices for Freedom, of which millions have been distributed around New Zealand, with titles like: “Covid Vaccine Facts Reference List; Are You Fed Up With Covid Yet?,” and, “What’s All The Fuss About Masks?”

 

Events like the beginning of Covid-19 vaccination, the Auckland lockdown, and the travel bubble with Australia brought with them new waves of misinformation.

 

This relatively small number of people responsible for spreading falsehoods is similar to patterns identified overseas. In a recent report from the Center for Countering Digital Harm, 12 individuals in the United States were identified as responsible for 65 per cent of all online anti-vaccine content.

 

But trying to shut down these groups is like spraying weeds. Voices For Freedom, kicked off Facebook, encouraged followers to join them on Telegram. In this unregulated space, more than 158,000 New Zealanders are soaking up what’s served to them daily and nightly.

 
 

Hattotuwa says even if the number of Covid disinformation consumers and spreaders is relatively small, it will infiltrate the way mainstream New Zealand thinks and acts.

“It is definitely going to impact the way of life here. How you treat each other, how you see each other, how we talk to each other online or how you treat someone with a divergent opinion or background.

 

“It will move, and it might have already moved, from a Covid-19 problem to striking at the heart of the democratic process, and impacting elections.The level of hostility and violence, of openly instigating harm against journalists, politicians, experts talking about the vaccine, this is all new.”

 

He says the Government has been slow to act, and needs to move to improve social cohesion and limit polarisation now. The proposals in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the mosque terror attacks contain a blueprint for how to do this.

 

“The applicable laws, frameworks and processes of dealing with all-of-government problems are not fit for purpose, and in a way this is moving faster and with more veracity and complexity than the Government probably can handle,” he says.

 

“It’s a challenge that’s so complicated because in a country like Aotearoa, misinformation feeds off historical inequities, gendered discrimination, and communal grievances, and new things like Covid-19 threads into that like a garment.”

 

But anarchy is not destiny, he says. “What happens henceforth will be determined by how we deal with people who don’t want to be vaccinated, how we deal with the planned protests, aggression, tension, and anxiety. It’s already having an impact, and whether it expands and entrenches remains to be seen.”

 

There are still some protective factors. Auckland University of Technology senior lecturer and co-director of its centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) Dr Merja Myllylahti says trust in the news media is generally higher in New Zealand than abroad. This is still relatively low, with less than half of New Zealanders (48 per cent) trusting the news media. The most recent JMAD survey found it had dropped by five percentage points since 2020, and is expected to erode further. This should be a concern for everyone, she says.

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“It’s verified information, it has proper sources which are normally named, it’s professionally produced, it’s been checked. Key news values are accuracy and transparency – we know where claims come from.

 

“How do people participate in processes if they’re misinformed? If they have wrong information about party politics, if it’s biased and not factual, of course it has a massive impact on democracy. It doesn’t help them to act as citizens in a society.”

 

People in the survey said they did want accurate information. “They have enough opinions, they just want facts and data they can trust,” Myllylahti said.

An opportunity for change

Society works because people accept rules and regulations, that those at the top know what they are doing and are generally telling the truth and acting in our best interests. This is part of the “social contract” that organises our lives.

Beijing Normal University conspiracy theory researcher, New Zealander M R X Dentith, says this is one of the things conspiracy theories threaten. Incidents like the anti-lockdown traffic protests are a group of people going out of their way to disrupt an agreed way of life because they believe it's inherently wrong or corrupt. “If you don’t believe there are a trusted set of people doing the mahi at the top of society, and you start doubting the experts, then you start doubting other rules.”

 

Dentith doesn’t think tendencies to believe in these ideas are new, simply that we can now see it on a larger scale. And it’s clear certain places, for example faith-based community Destiny Church, become hubs for bad ideas and information.

“It might be the case that this has always been a feature of our society, but it’s curious we tolerated this before the pandemic. Maybe we need to look at how society is structured to allow these communities to exist.”

 

Dentith thinks that on the whole, New Zealand has done a much better job than other countries in maintaining trust, particularly in the pandemic’s early days. “It was the best health communication response anywhere in the Western world, and there was a much lesser chance for disinformation to enter the public discourse. That's the kind of thing we need.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300469809/its-a-hellscape-the-age-of-misinformation-is-here--can-government-close-the-rabbit-hole

 

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Do you know what mate, I tried very hard to read all of that article, but unfortunately as is always the case with these things nowadays, I get a quarter of the way through and literally cannot force myself to read anymore drivel and blatant bull shit. It hurts my head to carry on. It's like I'm allergic to lies. I tried mate, but yeah, contrived, manipulative bull shit. 

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what kind of fuckary is this?

Early Covid symptoms are no different to minor side effects from vaccines and people who develop a headache or fever after their jab should get tested, experts say

  • Study found early Covid symptoms like headaches and a fever could be mistake for a vaccine side-effect
  • Scientists say recently jabbed could be spreading the virus, thinking their symptom was from the vaccine
  • Researchers have urged jabbed to not make assumptions and get a Covid test to help keep other people safe
  • Study was based on data submitted by 362,770 people who got their jab in from December to May last year
  • Findings comes as cases and vaccine drive are on the rise in UK, over fears of the impact of Omicron variant 

By John Ely Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 13:35 GMT, 7 December 2021 | Updated: 16:57 GMT, 7 December 2021

Some side effects of the Covid jab are almost indistinguishable from early symptoms of the virus itself, scientists have warned. 

Researchers fear it may lead to people inadvertently spreading coronavirus, and say people should isolate if they get ill after getting the jab and get tested.

Vaccines do not offer immediate protection, with the body taking up to two weeks to learn how to fight off the virus. Even then, they may not stop people getting symptoms of the virus if they catch it. 

Up to one in 10 people can suffer side effects after the jab including headache, fatigue, and a fever. King's College London experts say these side effects are also early warning signs of Covid.

Although UK guidance only officially recognises three symptoms of Covid, surveillance studies have suggested it causes dozens. 

The academics found 1 per cent of the people who reported symptoms after the jab actually tested positive.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10283647/Early-Covid-symptoms-clearly-differentiated-vaccine-effects-study-warns.html

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4 minutes ago, Macnamara said:

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NBL star Ben Madgen diagnosed with pericarditis after Pfizer vaccine

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7 minutes ago, Macnamara said:

what kind of fuckary is this?

Hahahahaha

 

That was my exact response as well!!

 

They don't half take the piss... the level of piss-taking has been increasing an astronomical rate, just like sudden deaths.

If someone were to scatter-plot graph it, I bet there would be a statistical correlation!

 

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