Now Available: A New Edition of the “Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing” from the Oxford Internet Institute (June 1, 2020)
Given the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—and public understanding of the crises—we provide a weekly briefing about the spread of coronavirus information across multiple social media platforms.
For the week leading up to 01-06-2020 we find:
- Coronavirus misinformation from junk health news and state-backed media generated up to 1.13 million engagements in a day. Summed together, 40% of the coronavirus misinformation engaged with last week came from state-backed news agencies, and 91% of that content was generated by Chinese and Russian media outlets.
- In total, articles produced by junk health news sources were engaged with over two million times this week, although CNN articles were engaged with over eight million times, a much greater volume than any other single outlet.
- Thematically, junk health news sources framed social distancing policies as attacks on religious freedoms.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.