January 21, 2021

Now Available: Weekly Misinformation Briefing (9/22/20) From Computational Propaganda Project (COMPROP)/Oxford Internet Institute

The Weekly Misinformation Briefing (September 22, 2020) was written by:

  • Hubert Au
  • Jonathan Bright
  • Philip N. Howard

From the Report’s Summary:

Source: Weekly Misinformation Briefing (9/22/20 via COMPROP)

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.

Direct to Full Text Report
5 pages; PDF.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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