Lack of trust and social media echo chambers predict COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Will Jennings et al. of the University of Southampton has published the findings of a survey and focus group study of UK adults. The authors found that trust and mistrust are core predictors of vaccine hesitancy, with distrust in vaccines in general and mistrust in government raising vaccine hesitancy. Abstract Keywords: COVID-19; vaccination; trust; misinformationContinue reading “Lack of trust and social media echo chambers predict COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy”

COVID-19 Misinformation on Twitter

An Exploratory Study of COVID-19 Misinformation on Twitter⋆ has been reported here.The authors are: Gautam Kishore Shahia, Anne Dirksonb and Tim A. MajchrzakcaUniversity of Duisburg-Essen, GermanybLIACS, Leiden University, NetherlandscUniversity of Agder, Norway Keywords: Misinformation Twitter Social media COVID-19 Coronavirus Diffusion of information Abstract During the COVID-19 pandemic, social media has become a home ground forContinue reading “COVID-19 Misinformation on Twitter”

Misinformation

This post shares the WHO advice on misinformation. As the world responds to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we face the challenge of an overabundance of information related to the virus. Some of this information may be false and potentially harmful. Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identifyContinue reading “Misinformation”