Viral Information: How States and Platforms Deal with Covid-19-Related Disinformation; an Exploratory Study of 20 Countries

Martin Fertmann, Matthias C. Kettemann
2020
This study explores the spread of disinformation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic on the internet, dubbed by some as the pandemic's accompanying "infodemic," and the societal reactions to this development across different countries and platforms. The study's focus is on the role of states and platforms in combatting online disinformation. Through synthesizing answers to questions submitted by more than 40 researchers from 20 countries within the GDHR Network, this exploratory study provides a
more » ... irst overview of how states and platforms have dealt with Corona-related disinformation. This can also provide incentives for further rigorous studies of disinformation governance standards and their impact across different socio-cultural environments.
doi:10.21241/ssoar.75124 fatcat:lmz4p6k34neidnio2m4c22q6xm