Mapping COVID-19 Disinformation in Brazil: An Analysis of Disinformation Consumption and Demand for Fact-Checking   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] related disinformation is globally accessible and has been a feature of the pandemic since the first infections. COVID-19 related disinformation is often shared online by the general public through social media or messaging apps, and in some instances world leaders and political officials have adopted and shared disinformation related to the virus. Brazil has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing the rapid spread of the virus alongside a severe economic crisis and intense political polarisation between President Bolsanaro's far right government and left wing political and social movements. In this context, COVID-19 disinformation and fake news have spread widely, with a resulting uptick in the appetite for fact checkers. Over a five week period in June - July 2020, Moonshot gathered data on Portuguese-language Google searches that indicated interest in COVID-19 related disinformation and fake news, and fact checking services, across all 26 states of Brazil."

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