This article presents the first Instagram dataset on COVID-19 for research purposes.
Social media is a vital tool for disseminating public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although much research has assessed the textual (mis)information on Twitter, a gap exists in exploring image content, particularly on Instagram. Therefore, a COVID-19 Instagram dataset has been created and is available for the research community. Researchers can explore information flow and its effects as well as individual and community behavioral changes among other areas. Potential topics to be explored with this dataset include:
- Fake news, misinformation, and rumors spreading
- Bot population and bot-generated content
- Behavioral change analysis during the pandemic
- Information sharing related to COVID-19