Misinformation: An Empirical Study with Scientists and Communicators During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 511KB]

From the Introduction: "Public discussion of false or misleading information about COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has been a prominent feature of the current pandemic. Studies of Twitter and YouTube activity about COVID-19 in early 2020 showed alarmingly high rates of misinformation, with up to a quarter of tweets/popular YouTube videos containing false or unverifiable information. The spread of misinformation about COVID-19 has been described as a threat to public health since people with false beliefs about COVID-19 are more likely to act in ways that put themselves and global populations at risk. The spread of 'misinformation' on science topics - false, inaccurate or misleading information, with or without the intention to deceive - is not a new problem. It is, however, of particular concern during a pandemic because of the urgency of the situation and the need to rely heavily on each other to behave responsibly. [...] Ultimately, we want to inform conversations about how to facilitate timely spread of high-quality science while protecting the public from misinformation arising from the spread of low-quality science. Our research goals were: [1] To identify and analyse the views of science knowledge experts about the spread of science misinformation using the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as a key case study and stimulus for discussion. [2] To identify strategies to reduce spread of scientific misinformation into the future."

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BMJ Open Science (2021), v.5 no.e100188
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