How Writers Use Misleading Graphs To Manipulate You
In this post-truth era, graphs are being used to skew data and spin narrative like never before. Especially with the velocity at which some of these topics spread across social media. All it takes is a single graph from a less-than-reputable source, blasted out to a list of followers, to spread a false narrative around the world. We have already seen this happen many times during the COVID-19 response, which is why we added a new section featuring a few of those misleading graphs! Now the data doesn’t even have to be bad–it could just be presented in a misleading way. I mean, there is a whole Wikipedia page, Reddit community, and hundreds of articles about how graphs can be used to misinform readers. Now, I can’t make these data-skewing creators stop, but I can help you spot these misleading graphs when they crop up. Not a designer? Also, following data visualization best practices ensures that your graphs are always clear and understandable. Use the links below to jump to each section: 1.
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