Wellness and ‘New Age’ social media influencers became a hub for COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation in 2020. But as the pandemic subsides, these influencers have shifted their gears to intertwine anti-climate misinformation and denial narratives with health concerns, as outlined in a recent investigation by ISD Research Manager Cécile Simmons. Spanish fact-checking outlet Newtral covers our findings extensively focusing on the wellness world’s shift to climate topics. The study analysed 154 English-language Instagram accounts over a year, finding influencers spreading known climate misinformation, attacking climate policies, and exploiting health fears to frame climate issues. The report emphasises the underestimated influence of these accounts, especially as they use specific language and frames that challenge the efficacy of social media content moderation in combating climate misinformation. The findings “shine a light on how related issues are shaped by distinct online communities where influencers can command trust and shape their audiences’ beliefs.”
February 21, 2024 | USA Today
ISD's Katherine Keneally comments to USA Today about the October shooting in Maine and how despite various reports around the suspect, the US reservist still had access to firearms.
February 15, 2024 | NYT
The New York Times covers our recent investigation on the pro-CCP influence campaign known as Spamouflage, its use of AI and how it may affect elections in the US and abroad.
February 13, 2024 | Irish Independent
Aoife Gallagher on what to do when coming across sensationalist headlines, “especially” immigration ones
ISD's Aoife Gallagher spoke to the Irish Independent about the circulation of an image of a doctored news headline claiming that an old office building in Ireland was to be used to house asylum seekers.