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Social Media Junk News on Erosion of Trust in Public Health Experts: 'Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 15-06-2020'   [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 10-06-2020 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 nearly 8,000 users, while the average article from mainstream sources reached over 4,000 users and the average junk health article reached over 3,000 users. [2] Similarly, all content from all mainstream sources gets the largest amount of total user engagement. But on a per article basis, junk health news gets almost over 100 engagements, state-backed content gets over 75 engagements, and average articles from mainstream sources get under 25 engagements. [3] In total, 55% of the engagement with non-mainstream information last week was with state-backed content, and 95% of engagement with state-backed content was made up of engagements with Chinese and Russian media content. [4] Thematically, junk health news sources (a) sought to undermine trust in public health experts, (b) used the George Floyd protests to fuel misinformation and racist messages, and (c) advanced false claims about President Trump's success in managing unemployment and economic recovery in the US."

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2020-06-15
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Computational Propaganda Project
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