Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation
This factsheet uses a sample of fact-checks to identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. Building on other analyses (Hollowood and Mostrous 2020; EuVsDIS 2020; Scott 2020), the authors combine a systematic content analysis of fact-checked claims about the virus and the pandemic with social media data indicating the scale and scope of engagement.
The analysis concludes that misinformation about COVID-19 comes in many different forms, from many different sources, and makes many different claims. It frequently reconfigures existing or true content rather than fabricating it wholesale, and where it is manipulated, is edited with simple tools.
More Trending Topic Coronavirus COVID-19 Tools resources
- Actions to Support Media, Enhance Access to Information, and Leverage Digital Technologies in the Fight Against the Pandemic
- Building Trust while Influencing Online COVID-19 Content in the Social Media World
- Coronavirus: The Seven Types of People who Start and Spread Viral Misinformation
- How to Support Displaced Populations' Mental Health during Lockdown
- Coronavirus Pandemic: Tracking the Global Outbreak
- Compassion in a Time of COVID-19
- Gender-based Violence Prevention, Risk Mitigation and Response during COVID-19
- Tailoring Malaria Interventions in the COVID-19 Response
- Measures to Ensure the Continuity of the Response to Malaria in the Americas during the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 5, 2020