Disinformation Research Group

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Most Covid Related Disinformation on Social Media Likely Emanating from Known Influencers and Traditional Media Sources

Key Highlights An assessment of the past week’s social media environments indicates traditional media reporting by established news sources such as the New York Times and President Donald J. Trump are most influential by audience reach and volume of engagement.  Donald Trump’s false claim suggesting seasonal flu is comparable to COVID-19 in deaths and lethality […]

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Vaccine news stories hosting malware disseminated across Spanish-language Twitter

Key Highlights News websites publishing stories on a pause in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trials hosted malware files. At the center of the network was the Spanish-language Sputnik News link mundo.sputniknews.com. The news of a possible adverse reaction to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine resulted in a spike of social media activity. The vaccine is one of the […]

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