The Batsapp Project chronicles the human experience of online misinformation during the 2018 Nipah outbreak. While online misinformation has now permeated our lives, the Nipah response is a positive story of how the individuals, communities and institutions most affected by misinformation came together to fight it. This series is set in the picturesque Indian state of Kerala, whose public health establishment received global acclaim for its management of the deadly Nipah outbreak. We also talk to international experts about the ways in which our mind processes misinformation and what this means for risk communication during outbreaks.
The Batsapp Project Episode 1: Flying Foxes
A mysterious virus is consuming human lives in northern Kerala. Fear, panic and uncertainty start sowing the seeds of misinformation among the communities.
The Batsapp Project Episode 2: Rumourama
Online misinformation in now flying around in various forms, threatening to derail the Nipah response. Quick and nimble coordinated responses start emerging.
The Batsapp Project Episode 3: Flattening Misinfodemics
Experts tell us about how misinformation plays into our psychological instincts and how news and data literacy can help us build misinformation resilient societies.
The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Devadasan
Dr. Devadasan, Director of the Institute of Public Health in Bengaluru reflects on Kerala’s communication management during Nipah and implications for risk communication.
The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Prof. Patricia Schlagenhauf
Prof. Patricia Schlagenhauf from the University of Zurich tells us about how travellers are affected by social media misinformation during outbreaks.
Executive Producer & Principal Investigator: Santosh Vijaykumar
Podcast Producer (Special Features): Aarti Sahasranaman
Graphic Designer: Swati Sharma
"Seven Wonders" by Ziv Moran (Source: Artlist.io, License: 791652)
The Batsapp Project Special Feature: Dr. Gaya Gamhewage
Dr. Gaya Gamhewage, Head of Learning at the World Health Organisation talks about how social media disturbs the trust equlibrium during disease outbreaks.