Mis & Disinformation Research

Analysis of the spread and a comparative overview of Chinese and Russian-sourced mis & disinformation during the pandemic.

Analysis of mis & disinformation becoming a political strategy.

Investigation into the QAnon movement in Bulgaria.

Master’s Thesis: Can the cure be worse than the disease? A Qualitative Content Analysis of How Fact-Checking Journalists in Online Legacy Media Correct Claims Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

How does false information reach the mainstream despite existing evidence that mis & disinformation is mainly spread in the marginal corners of the internet? Do legacy media play a role? I examined the work of fact-checkers at USAToday and PolitiFact during the pandemic and discovered that while fact-checking professionals do repeat false information and place it in the lede and headlines throughout their articles, this repetition occurs in combination with various strategies of presenting corrective examinations. Fact-checkers indeed tend to pick up claims circulating on social media and provide links to said sources, in turn presenting them to larger audiences. Other effective journalistic practices, however, may be offsetting this amplification pattern.

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