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Rural Bangladeshis Turn to Faith, Family for Fact-Checking
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On top of the COVID-19 pandemic, people worldwide have dealt with an infodemic—a flood of ever-evolving information and misinformation about the virus, causing confusion and mistrust. New Cornell research finds that in remote parts of Bangladesh with little internet access, people have relied on local experts, spiritual views and their sense of social justice to evaluate new coronavirus information.

"How do you fight this crisis of misinformation, especially when the people in rural Bangladesh have limited access to information and communication technology?" said Sharifa Sultana, a doctoral student in the field of information ...