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A first look at COVID-19 information and misinformation sharing on Twitter [article]

Lisa Singh, Shweta Bansal, Leticia Bode, Ceren Budak, Guangqing Chi, Kornraphop Kawintiranon, Colton Padden, Rebecca Vanarsdall, Emily Vraga, Yanchen Wang
2020 arXiv   pre-print
This article is a first look at the amount of conversation taking place on social media, specifically Twitter, with respect to COVID-19, the themes of discussion, where the discussion is emerging from,  ...  myths shared about the virus, and how much of it is connected to other high and low quality information on the Internet through shared URL links.  ...  It was also supported by the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at Pennsylvania State University, the National Science Foundation (Awards SES-1823633, SES-1934925, SES-1934494, CNS-1453392), the Eunice  ... 
arXiv:2003.13907v1 fatcat:wiayq636mjc5zfkbd5gpqav2sq

A First Look at COVID-19 Messages on WhatsApp in Pakistan [article]

R. Tallal Javed, Mirza Elaaf Shuja, Muhammad Usama, Junaid Qadir, Waleed Iqbal, Gareth Tyson, Ignacio Castro, Kiran Garimella
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Finally, by quantifying the flow of information across WhatsApp and Twitter, we show how information spreads across platforms and how WhatsApp acts as a source for much of the information shared on Twitter  ...  In this paper, we present the first analysis of COVID-19 discourse on public WhatsApp groups from Pakistan.  ...  RQ2: COVID-19 MISINFORMATION In this section, we specifically look at misinformation posts, and characterize the types of misinformation shared on WhatsApp.  ... 
arXiv:2011.09145v2 fatcat:qisztzm5ong23nhyb67akpwd7y

Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Gregoire Burel, Tracie Farrell, Martino Mensio, PRashant Khare, Harith Alani
2021 Zenodo  
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the consequences of misinformation are a matter of life and death.  ...  In this paper, we explore the relation between misinformation and fact-checking spread during the Covid-19 pandemic.  ...  Acknowledgements This work has received support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grants agreement No  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4545611 fatcat:xr3vpxo3hfbnhlyqvtxsw7ccvy

A First Look at COVID-19 Messages on WhatsApp in Pakistan

R. Tallal Javed, Mirza Elaaf Shuja, Muhammad Usama, Junaid Qadir, Waleed Iqbal, Gareth Tyson, Ignacio Castro, Kiran Garimella
2020 2020 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM)  
Finally, by quantifying the flow of information across What-sApp and Twitter, we show how information spreads across platforms and how WhatsApp acts as a source for much of the information shared on Twitter  ...  In this paper, we present the first analysis of COVID-19 discourse on public WhatsApp groups from Pakistan.  ...  RQ2: COVID-19 MISINFORMATION In this section, we specifically look at misinformation posts, and characterize the types of misinformation shared on WhatsApp.  ... 
doi:10.1109/asonam49781.2020.9381360 fatcat:re2l7hclqzemrf63rseberxr2a

Understanding high- and low-quality URL Sharing on COVID-19 Twitter streams

Lisa Singh, Leticia Bode, Ceren Budak, Kornraphop Kawintiranon, Colton Padden, Emily Vraga
2020 Journal of Computational Social Science  
This article investigates the prevalence of high and low quality URLs shared on Twitter when users discuss COVID-19.  ...  Our findings suggest that while low quality URLs are not extensively shared in the COVID-19 Twitter conversation, a well connected community of low quality COVID-19 related information has emerged on the  ...  Acknowledgements This research is funded by National Science Foundation awards #1934925 and #1934494, and the Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown University.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s42001-020-00093-6 pmid:33263092 pmcid:PMC7691185 fatcat:mxu7km2bavcppdavfpjredbipe

A Retrospective Analysis of the COVID-19 Infodemic in Saudi Arabia

Ashwag Alasmari, Aseel Addawood, Mariam Nouh, Wajanat Rayes, Areej Al-Wabil
2021 Future Internet  
COVID-19 has had broad disruptive effects on economies, healthcare systems, governments, societies, and individuals.  ...  This study analysis incorporated a data-driven approach to map the contours of misinformation and contextualize the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to socio-religious-political information.  ...  For annotating the collected dataset, we utilized the shared information on the official websites and the official Twitter accounts of the Ministry of Health and WHO as a source of credible information  ... 
doi:10.3390/fi13100254 fatcat:lggtekihczaa5burarhjoece2u

The COVID-19 Infodemic: Twitter versus Facebook [article]

Kai-Cheng Yang, Francesco Pierri, Pik-Mai Hui, David Axelrod, Christopher Torres-Lugo, John Bryden, Filippo Menczer
2021 arXiv   pre-print
A minority of accounts and pages exert a strong influence on each platform.  ...  The global spread of the novel coronavirus is affected by the spread of related misinformation -- the so-called COVID-19 Infodemic -- that makes populations more vulnerable to the disease through resistance  ...  However, a significant portion of the links shared on Twitter and Facebook point to YouTube videos, which can also carry COVID-19 misinformation.  ... 
arXiv:2012.09353v2 fatcat:yt6ytfqeqrf25btq7vtsynfate

Social Media COVID-19 Misinformation Interventions Viewed Positively, But Have Limited Impact [article]

Christine Geeng, Tiona Francisco, Jevin West, Franziska Roesner
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Amidst COVID-19 misinformation spreading, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter rolled out design interventions, including banners linking to authoritative resources and more specific "false  ...  Still, the majority of participants discovered or corrected misinformation through other means, most commonly web searches, suggesting room for platforms to do more to stem the spread of COVID-19 misinformation  ...  Acknowledgements We thank Tadayoshi Kohno, Lucy Simko, and Miranda Wei for their feedback on our survey instrument, and Yim Register for feedback on an earlier version of this paper.  ... 
arXiv:2012.11055v1 fatcat:n4exrqfl35dqvblcgccpn4jgby

People Still Care About Facts: Twitter Users Engage More with Factual Discourse than Misinformation–A Comparison Between COVID and General Narratives on Twitter [article]

Mirela Silva, Fabrício Ceschin, Prakash Shrestha, Christopher Brant, Shlok Gilda, Juliana Fernandes, Catia S. Silva, André Grégio, Daniela Oliveira, Luiz Giovanini
2021 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, we focus on COVID-19 misinformation and examine a subset of 2.1M tweets to understand misinformation as a function of engagement, tweet content (COVID-19- vs. non-COVID-19-related), and  ...  We found that (i) factual tweets, regardless of whether COVID-related, were more engaging than misinformation tweets; and (ii) features that most heavily correlated with engagement varied depending on  ...  [52] found that misinformation and myths on COVID-19 are discussed at a lower volume than other pandemic-specific themes on Twitter.  ... 
arXiv:2012.02164v3 fatcat:fxitpvvpkvb2xnykxlcqu47f5a

Why were Twitter Users Obsessed with Vitamin D during the first year of the pandemic? [article]

Alexandra Mavroeidi, Ryan Innes, Esperanza Miyake, Diane Pennington
2022 medRxiv   pre-print
AbstractThe aim of this study was to explore how the relationship between vitamin D and COVID-19 has been represented on the social media site Twitter.  ...  In the context of COVID-19, it is important that sites such as Twitter improve their existing misinformation policies, as misinformation can be detrimental in disease prevention.  ...  -19)" may not be shared on Twitter (COVID-19 misleading information policy, 2021).  ... 
doi:10.1101/2022.04.13.22273830 fatcat:kut3llgtrnbabh44khgzzxoy6a

An Exploratory Study of COVID-19 Misinformation on Twitter [article]

Gautam Kishore Shahi and Anne Dirkson and Tim A. Majchrzak
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Compare to a background corpus of COVID-19 tweets, tweets with misinformation are more often concerned with discrediting other information on social media.  ...  We have conducted an exploratory study into the propagation, authors and content of misinformation on Twitter around the topic of COVID-19 in order to gain early insights.  ...  on COVID-19 that circulate on Twitter.  ... 
arXiv:2005.05710v2 fatcat:fgh6mqriejc3nlujyz3i5sqvsa

Lies Kill, Facts Save: Detecting COVID-19 Misinformation in Twitter

Mabrook S. Al-Rakhami, Atif M. Al-Amri
2020 IEEE Access  
In this article, we analyze the credibility of information shared on Twitter pertaining the COVID-19 pandemic.  ...  Best described as an infodemic, there is a great need, now more than ever, for scientific fact-checking and misinformation detection regarding the dangers posed by these tools with regards to COVID-19.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENT The authors thank the Deanship of Scientific Research and RSSU at King Saud University for their technical support.  ... 
doi:10.1109/access.2020.3019600 pmid:34192115 pmcid:PMC8043503 fatcat:vg52c7qthvdmvhddsdd2e7koym

Online misinformation is linked to early COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and refusal [article]

Francesco Pierri, Brea Perry, Matthew R. DeVerna, Kai-Cheng Yang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, John Bryden
2022 arXiv   pre-print
However, uptake rates have varied across U.S. states during the first six months of the COVID-19 vaccination program.  ...  We also look for evidence of directionality from online misinformation to vaccine hesitancy. We find a negative relationship between misinformation and vaccination uptake rates.  ...  on statistical analyses.  ... 
arXiv:2104.10635v5 fatcat:fsyrqykrdvcvzami7kzt4dmvwu

Infodemic Pathways: Evaluating the Role That Traditional and Social Media Play in Cross-National Information Transfer

Aengus Bridgman, Eric Merkley, Oleg Zhilin, Peter John Loewen, Taylor Owen, Derek Ruths
2021 Frontiers in Political Science  
-based media outlets is associated with COVID-19 misperceptions and increased exposure to U.S.-based information on Twitter is associated with an increased likelihood to post misinformation.  ...  We show that the majority of misinformation circulating on Twitter that is shared by Canadian accounts is retweeted from U.S.-based accounts. Moreover, exposure to U.S.  ...  : H1: Exposure to U.S. based information is associated with more engagement with COVID-19 misinformation on social media (A) and with COVID-19 misperceptions in the mass public (B).  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpos.2021.648646 fatcat:bkx67wf56vej3aotv7aem4ajia

Credibility in the time of COVID-19: Cues that audiences look for when assessing information on social media and building confidence in identifying 'fake news' about the virus

Amber Hinsley, Ilwoo Ju, Taehwan Park, Jennifer Ohs
2022 Open Information Science  
Using a survey of U.S. adults, this research determined which social media platforms Americans rely on most when they search for information about COVID-19: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.  ...  The present study also identified the credibility cues that people look to as they are trying to ascertain the veracity of COVID-19 information they come across on social media and that are predictors  ...  The first research question focused on discerning which social media platforms Americans use when they're looking for information about COVID-19.  ... 
doi:10.1515/opis-2022-0132 fatcat:oa6ppmr5unfkxnyg3gzjhftyia
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