A Live-List of COVID-19 content trending on social media to strengthen our public health response.

What is the live list?

The live list is a resource for public health officials, government, academics, and journalists that allows them to see what COVID-19 related URLs are gaining traction on social media.

It lets those working to keep us safe know which groups are being exposed to certain COVID-19 narratives so they can better frame our public health response.

Why do we need it?

Until a vaccine is widely distributed, our best defence against COVID-19 is through public health campaigns, education, and advice.

But without the live list, we don’t know what misinformation and conspiracy theories are circulating in the community that may undermine those efforts.

Leading voices and organisations from the public health sector are coming together to demand that the Federal government act and mandate that big social media companies share this data.

If you or your organisation want to join this coalition - we want to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing [email protected].

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Organisations supporting the Live List


Want to know more about the live list, how it will works, and what it would mean for Australia? You can contact our Executive Director for media and press enquiries: [email protected]
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Bill Bowtell, Adjunct Professor at UNSW

Reset Australia, an affiliate of the global initiative to counter digital threats to society, proposes a “live’’ list. With independent oversight, platforms would be compelled to reveal the most popular COVID-related material being shared on social media, in real time. We should compel the platforms to do this with independent oversight. Such a live list would help the Australian people and public health professionals identify misinformation and engage the community swiftly.
  1. Irresponsible Big Tech a plague on science and sanity by Bill Bowtel (The Australian, 21 December 2020). Read more →
  2. The year the world took on big tech by John Davidson (Australian Financial Review, 22 December 2020). Read more →
  3. Social media platforms urged to be more transparent about vaccine misinformation by SBS News (SBS, 27 December 2020). Read more →
  4. Aussies fear social media vaccine misinfo by Hannah Ryan (The West Australian, 27 December 2020). Read more →
  5. Australians back crackdown on COVID-19 anti-vaxxers by Jill Margo (Australian Financial Review, 28 December 2020). Read more →
  6. COVID-19 vaccines: Online misinformation needs addressing by Jane Hansen (The Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2020). Read more →
  7. Concerns about potentially dangerous misinformation on social media about COVID19 have led to calls for action from the Federal Government by Chloe Bouras (10 News First, 30 December 2020). Read more →
  8. Fears anti-vaxxers could derail vaccination rollout by Jennifer Duke (The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 January 2021). Read more →
  9. Fake online Covid claims should be exposed by tech companies, health experts say by Paul Karp (The Guardian, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  10. Big Tech asked to help right wrongs of Covid information by David Swan (The Australian, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  11. Push for new laws to tackle COVID-19 misinformation ahead of vaccine rollout by Lisa Visentin (The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  12. Top doctors demand social media giants be forced to shut down vaccine conspiracies before they take hold by Adrian Wondracz (The Daily Mail, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  13. UK, US, Australian COVID-19 communications fail readability tests, research shows by Marie McInerney (Croakey, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  14. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher backs misinformation code by David Swan (The Australian, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  15. Tech companies should be forced to reveal ‘rampant’ COVID-19 misinformation, health experts say by Maani Truu (SBS News, 25 January 2021). Read more →
  16. Twitter to tackle misinformation with user moderation by David Swan (The Australian, 26 January 2021). Read more →
  17. Demand grows for new laws to fight misinformation by Denham Sadler (InnovationAus, 26 January 2021). Read more →
  18. Experts want Big Tech to stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation by James Mickleboro (The Motley Fool, 26 January 2021). Read more →