Identifying emerging health misinformation is a challenge because its manner and type are often unknown. However, many social media users correct misinformation when they encounter it. From this intuition, we implemented a strategy that detects emerging health misinformation by tracking replies that seem to provide accurate information. This strategy is more efficient than keyword-based search in identifying COVID-19 misinformation about antibiotics and a cure. It also reveals the extent to which misinformation has spread on social networks.
Kim, H., & Walker, D. (2020). Leveraging volunteer fact checking to identify misinformation about COVID-19 in social media. Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.37016/mr-2020-021
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This article was originally published in Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, volume 1, issue 3, in 2020. https://doi.org/10.37016/mr-2020-021
This scholarship is part of the Chapman University COVID-19 Archives.