COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.2

COVID-19 Disinformation Briefing No.2 – 9th April 2020

Briefing paper

This is the second in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around coronavirus (COVID-19).

These briefings expose how technology platforms are being used to promote disinformation, hate, extremism and authoritarianism in the context of COVID-19. It is based on ISD’s mixture of natural language processing, network analysis and ethnographic online research.

This briefing focuses on the way far-right groups and individuals are mobilising around COVID-19 in the US. The first briefing in the series can be found on ISD’s website.

MENA Monitor: Arabic COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online

This report examines the nature and scale of COVID-19 vaccine mis- and disinformation among Arabic-language communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on Facebook. Included is a case study analysing the output of a dubious disinformation hub that masquerades as a think tank as well as detailed findings on leading trends within vaccine misinformation communities in MENA.

COVID-19 : aperçu de la défiance anti-vaccinale sur les réseaux sociaux

La présente étude présente une analyse quantitative et qualitative de la désinformation et des théories complotistes anti-vaccins repérées dans les contenus publiquement accessibles sur Twitter et Facebook entre le 1er août 2020 et le 1er février 2021, identifie les discours principaux, événements qui alimentent des pics de discussion en ligne et les acteurs les plus actifs dans la propagation de discours anti-vaccins.