Examining the Global Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Sophie Nightingale, Hany Farid

January 27, 2021

Abstract: The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to the online proliferation of health-, political-, and conspiratorial-based misinformation. Understanding the reach and belief in this misinformation is vital to managing this crisis, as well as future crises. The results from our global survey finds a troubling reach of and belief in COVID-related misinformation, as well as a correlation with those that primarily consume news from social media, and, in the United States, a strong correlation with political leaning.

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Hany Farid

EECS and School of Information, UC Berkeley
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