Our Mission

Infotagion has been created in response to the information contagion about COVID-19. In a public health crisis the disinformation we see everyday about this deadly virus can spread just as far and fast as the real thing. Yet this can also harm you and those that you love. That’s why we have to fight back. Much of this disinformation exists in private channels that very many people have access to, but not everyone can see. So we need you to share with us the things that don’t look right, we will check the facts, and give you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Our Fact Checking Methodology

COVID-19 is a serious virus and people who share information about it need to back up what they say. At Infotagion we check the facts in the messages people send through social media, against independent, trusted and official sources, like public health services and the World Health Organisation (WHO). If the key claims made within the messages we see are false or can’t be proven, we will warn you not to share them. COVID-19 is too important to take risks with unreliable information.

Who’s Behind Infotagion?

Infotagion: Covid-19 is an organisation created by Damian Collins MP, former Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, who also led the inquiries on disinformation and fake news, David Sefton, a venture capital investor and public company director with longstanding technology experience, and the executive team of Iconic Labs Plc, John Quinlan, Liam Harrington and Samuel Regan Asante, who before previously created UNILAD, then the world’s largest social media publisher. Branding and design was provided by Chris Gunn and Tom Love founders of LoveGunn, the award-winning design agency.

All costs incurred to date have been incurred by these persons.

Supporters Of Infotagion

  • Damian Collins MP

    Former Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee @DamianCollins

  • Lord David Puttnam

    Chair of the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Select Committee @DPuttnam

  • Baroness Beeban Kidron

    Chair of the 5Rights Foundation @5RightsFound

  • John Nicolson MP

    Scottish National Party (SNP) spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and member of the DCMS Select Committee @MrJohnNicolson

  • Stewart M McDonald MP

    SNP spokesperson for Defence and member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee @StewartMcDonald

  • Karen Kornbluh

    Director of the Digital Innovation & Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund of the USA, former US Ambassador to the OECD @karenkornbluh

  • Charlie Angus MP

    House of Commons of Canada, member of the standing committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics @CharlieAngusNDP

  • Dr Phillip Lee

    Former MP and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health @DrPhillipLee

  • Jo Stevens MP

    Labour Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central and member of the DCMS select committee @JoStevensLabour

  • Sasha Havlicek

    CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) which provides digital analysis and education programmes on online hate and disinformation @ISDglobal

  • Dr Shashi Jayakumar

    Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore @ShashiJayakumar

  • Professor Philip Howard

    Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford @oiioxford

  • Imran Ahmed

    CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate @imi_ahmed

  • Ben Scott

    Executive Director, Reset @resetdottech

  • James Lawless TD

    Member of Dáil Éireann and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Science and Technology @lawlessj

  • Jason Kint

    CEO of Digital Content Next @jason_kint

  • Shoshana Zuboff

    Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism @shoshanazuboff

  • Nate Erskine-Smith MP

    House of Commons of Canada, member of the standing committee on Industry, Science and Technology @beynate

  • Iconic Labs

    We defy convention to create. @iconiclabsuk

  • LoveGunn

    An award-winning branding and design agency transforming customers into your biggest fans. @LoveGunnStudio