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Social Media Junk News on Distrust in US State Health Officials: 'Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 28-07-2020'   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic--and public understanding of the crisis--we provide a weekly briefing about the spread of coronavirus misinformation across multiple social media platforms. For the seven days prior to 23-07-2020 we find: [1] The social media distribution network of all coronavirus articles from the top fifteen mainstream news outlets reached over three billion social media users this week, achieving much greater distribution than state-backed and junk health news sources. But the average article from state-backed sources reached over 9,000 users, while the average article from mainstream sources reached slightly below 4,400 users and the average junk health article reached just above 3,300 users. [2] Similarly, all content from all mainstream sources gets the largest amount of total user engagement. But on a per article basis, state-backed news receives nearly 80 engagements and junk health news receives just above 70, and average articles from mainstream sources get just above 25 engagements. [3] In total, 38% of the engagement with non-mainstream information last week was with state-backed content. Furthermore, 42% of such engagements were with Chinese content, whereas 56% were with Russian content. [4] Thematically, the key junk health news theme was sowing distrust in US State Health Officials."

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2020-07-28
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Computational Propaganda Project
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