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Social Media Junk News: Undermining Lockdown Consensus & Consent: 'Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 26-05-2020'   [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 21-05-2020 we find: [1] Of all the junk news that social media users engaged with last week, 33% of it came from state-backed news agencies, and 96% of engagement with state-backed agencies involves media outlets from Russia and China. [2] In total, articles produced by junk health news sources were engaged with over five million times this week. On average, articles from state-backed media sources stimulated the most engagement. [3] Thematically, this week's critical theme was how both state-backed and junk news sources used their platforms to try and undermine democratic consent for the lockdown."

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2020-05-26
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Computational Propaganda Project
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