Towards combating pandemic-related misinformation in social media

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Conventional preventive measures during pandemics include social distancing and lockdown. Such measures in the time of social media brought about a new set of challenges-vulnerability to the toxic impact of online misinformation is high. A case in point is COVID-19. As the virus propagates, so does the associated misinformation and fake news about it leading to an infodemic. Since the outbreak, there has been a surge of studies investigating various aspects of the pandemic. Of interest to this chapter are studies centering on datasets from online social media platforms where the bulk of the public discourse happens. The main goal is to support the fight against negative infodemic by (1) contributing a diverse set of curated relevant datasets; (2) offering relevant areas to study using the datasets; and (3) demonstrating how relevant datasets, strategies, and state-of-the-art IT tools can be leveraged in managing the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Anthology on Managing Crisis and Risk Communications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781668471463
ISBN (Print)9781668471456, 1668471450
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

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