Social Media Junk News on Black Lives Matter and Coronavirus Impacts: 'Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 07-07-2020'   [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 01-07-2020 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 8,500 users, while the average article from mainstream sources reached slightly below 4,500 users and the average junk health article reached just over 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 gets over 100 engagements, junk health news gets fewer than 75 engagements, and average articles from mainstream sources get just over 25 engagements. [3] In total, 49% of the engagement with non-mainstream information last week was with state-backed content. Further, 36% of engagements with state-backed media were engagements with Chinese content, whereas 60% was with Russian content. [4] Thematically, key junk health news themes were (a) implicit criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, (b) continuing narratives that coronavirus is not as dangerous as portrayed, and (c) fueling distrust in public health experts."

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