The Weekly Misinformation Briefing (September 22, 2020) was written by:
- Hubert Au
- Jonathan Bright
- Philip N. Howard
From the Report’s Summary:
We provide a weekly briefing about the spread of misinformation across multiple social media platforms.
For the seven days prior to 17-09-2020 we find:
- The social media distribution network of all articles from the top fifteen mainstream news outlets reached over three billion social media users this week, achieving much greater distribution than state-backed and junk news sources. But the average article from state-backed sources reached over 8,700 users, while the average article from mainstream sources reached over 4,700 users and the average junk health article reached over 2,580 users.
- Similarly, aggregate content from mainstream sources gets the largest amount of total user engagement. However, on a per article basis, state-backed news receives over 600 engagements and junk news receives over 1450,while average articles from mainstream sources get just over 300 engagements.
- The most prominent junk news and state-backed topics, in descending order, include misinformation about police shootings, the Israel-Bahrain diplomatic deal, the recovery of the Chinese economy, and general 2020 US election campaign news.
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