Coronavirus Misinformation: Quantifying Sources and Themes in the COVID-19 'Infodemic' [October 2020]   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has unfolded alongside what the Director-General of the World Health Organization has termed an 'infodemic' of misinformation. In their coverage of the pandemic, traditional media outlets have reported and sometimes amplified the voices of various actors across the political spectrum who have advocated unproven cures, denied what is known scientifically about the nature and origins of the novel SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] coronavirus, and proposed conspiracy theories which purport to explain causation and often allege nefarious intent. These competing narratives and explanations have risen and fallen rapidly, behaving almost as viral phenomena themselves. [...] In this paper we aim to quantify the extent of the COVID infodemic within traditional media and examine it as a multi-dimensional informational phenomenon. While previous authors have investigated specific types of social media misinformation, including the role of 'bots' in its dissemination, to our knowledge our analysis is the first comprehensive survey of the traditional and online media landscape regarding COVID-19 misinformation, encompassing millions of articles published globally within the five-month span that followed the outbreak of the pandemic in January 2020."

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