The pandemic entered a new phase in 2022, but vaccines were still the major magnet for misinformation

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The pandemic entered a new phase in 2022, but vaccines were still the major magnet for misinformation

In a year featuring a bruising federal election campaign and an ongoing global pandemic, and amid an increasingly turbulent social media landscape, combating misinformation was always going to be a tough assignment in 2022.

From the potential risks posed by Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover to the many falsehoods that followed the death of the Queen, RMIT ABC Fact Check (together with our partner, RMIT FactLab) has worked to correct the record and sort fact from fiction.

With the festive season upon us, here’s some of what we rounded up this year.

Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off for a holiday soon, don’t worry: that’s not duct tape holding your plane together.

Lots of gaffer tape is stuck to an airplane wing.
The aviation industry regularly uses “speed tape” on aircraft that have peeling paint.(Supplied)

Vaccines remain a major breeding ground for misinformation

In the third year of the pandemic, much of the misinformation coming across our desk involved the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

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