In February 2020, the World Health Organization announced an ‘infodemic’ — a deluge of both accurate and inaccurate health information — that accompanied the global pandemic of COVID-19 as a major challenge to effective health communication. Researchers assessed content from the most active vaccine accounts on Twitter to understand how existing online communities contributed to the ‘infodemic’ during the early stages of the pandemic. While they expected vaccine opponents to share misleading information about COVID-19, researchers also found vaccine proponents were not immune to spreading less reliable claims.
Not just conspiracy theories: Vaccine opponents and pro-ponents add to the COVID-19 ‘infodemic’ on Twitter
September 9, 2020