Review: Coronavirus goes viral: Quantifying the COVID-19 misinformation epidemic on Twitter

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Review: Coronavirus goes viral: Quantifying the COVID-19 misinformation epidemic on Twitter

Review: Coronavirus goes viral: Quantifying the COVID-19 misinformation epidemic on Twitter

This article highlights that the rate of misinformation and unverifiable information about COVID-19 on Twitter is alarmingly high.

Information about COVID-19 has been spreading uninhibited over traditional and social media platforms at an unprecedented rate. Nearly 25% of the information tweeted on Twitter is misinformation and another 17.5% of information is unverifiable information. Not surprisingly, most misinformation stems from unverifiable individual or group accounts and not public health or health care accounts. It is important for early interventions from multiple stakeholders to curb the spread of misinformation that endangers public safety at a time when awareness and appropriate preventive actions are of utmost importance. It is public health, government, and health care leaders’ responsibility to harness the power of social media to communicate reliable and vetted information.

|2020-04-22T11:46:09-04:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Coronavirus goes viral: Quantifying the COVID-19 misinformation epidemic on Twitter

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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