January 24, 2022

New Journal Article: “The Battleground of COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Facebook: Fact Checkers vs. Misinformation Spreaders”

The article linked below was published today by Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review.


The Battleground of COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Facebook: Fact Checkers vs. Misinformation Spreaders


Aimei Yang, Jieun Shin, Alvin Zhou, Ke M. Huang-Isherwood, Eugene Lee, Chuqing Dong, Hye Min Kim, Yafei Zhang, Jingyi Sun, Yiqi Li, Yuanfeixue Nan, Lichen Zhen and Wenlin Liu


Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review
DOI: 10.37016/mr-2020-78

Essay Summary

Our study examines Facebook posts containing nine prominent COVID-19 vaccine misinformation topics that circulated on the platform between March 1st, 2020 and March 1st, 2021. We first identify misinformation spreaders and fact checkers,1 further dividing the latter group into those who repeat misinformation to debunk the false claim and those who share correct information without repeating the misinformation.  In particular, fact checkers’ posts that repeat the original misinformation received significantly more comments than posts from misinformation spreaders. However, we found that misinformation spreaders were far more likely to take on central positions in the misinformation URL co-sharing network than fact checkers. This demonstrates the remarkable ability of misinformation spreaders to coordinate communication strategies across topics.

Source: 10.37016/mr-2020-78

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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.