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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.


This article was originally published in Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, volume 1, issue 3, in 2020.

This scholarship is part of the Chapman University COVID-19 Archives.

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