COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey, Report #57: Social Media News Consumption and COVID-19 Vaccination Rates [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Document: "Earlier this month, we witnessed a vigorous back and forth between the White House and Facebook regarding the role of the company in circulating health misinformation. On the White House side, the Surgeon General released an Advisory [hyperlink] declaring misinformation a public health threat to the nation, highlighting, in part, the role of social media. [...] Our data suggests that Facebook is a major source of information regarding COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], comparable with CNN [Cable News Network] or Fox News. Further, we find that 'those who are most reliant on Facebook for information have substantially lower vaccination rates than those who rely on other sources'. In fact, Facebook news consumers are less likely to be vaccinated than people who get their COVID-19 information from the often vaccine-skeptical Fox News"
COVID States Project Report No. 57
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
The Covid States Project: https://covidstates.org/