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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