In this era of post-truth, graphs are used like never before to skew data and spin narrative. Especially with the speed at which certain of these topics spread across social media. All it takes to spread a false message across the world is a single graph from a less-than-reputable source, shot out into a list of followers. During the COVID-19 response, we have already seen this happen many times, which is why we added a new section featuring some of those misleading graphs!
Now the data doesn't even need to be bad – it could only be misleadingly portrayed. I mean, there's a whole Wikipedia website, Reddit community and hundreds of posts about how to misinform readers with graphs. Here, I can't deter these data-skewing makers, but when they pop up, I can help you spot these deceptive graphs. I've given examples of how to properly graph the data. Even, following best practices in data visualization means the diagrams are both transparent and comprehensible.
infographic by: venngage.com