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Commentary: YouTube, COVID-19, and the Socio-Technical Mediation of Expertise

Nahema Marchal and Hubert Au write in Social Media + Society about how the incentive structure and participatory affordances of YouTube shape engagement with COVID-19 news and information: Results from this content analysis were, to a certain degree, reassuring. Only a small fraction of the ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00August 12th, 2020|Academic Articles, Research|

Follow the Money: How the Online Advertising Ecosystem Funds COVID-19 Junk News and Disinformation

As people around the world turn towards search engines to access information about COVID-19, it is important to understand why and how users are being exposed to junk news content. In this memo, we examine the role of search engines and their optimization processes in ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00August 3rd, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Interview: Nahema Marchal speaks with the EU Science-Media Hub

Nahema Marchal was interviewed by the European Science-Media Hub in July 2020 about the COVID-19 "infodemic." She spoke about her research on YouTube, state-backed media outlets, and COVID-19 misinformation more broadly: YouTube is as much a community as it is a portal to information. What ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00July 29th, 2020|In the News, Press|

Junk News Distribution on Telegram: The Visibility of English-language News Sources on Public Telegram Channels

Messaging platforms such as Telegram are key channels for the dissemination of misinformation and junk news. So far there are very few large-scale studies of how news and political content circulates on these platforms. We use a large open access dataset to analyze which English-language ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00July 20th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Coverage: Covid-19 News and Information from State-Backed Outlets

The team’s data memo on Covid-19 News and Information from State-Backed Outlets Targeting French, German and Spanish-Speaking Social Media Users has been widely covered, including in the following outlets: The Washington Post: Chinese and Russian state-backed media spread misleading virus information, study claims (Coronavirus update ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00July 3rd, 2020|In the News, Press|

Covid-19 News and Information from State-Backed Outlets Targeting French, German and Spanish-Speaking Social Media Users

Understanding Chinese, Iranian, Russian and Turkish Outlets In this data memo, we examine French, German and Spanish-language distribution of coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information originating from media outlets backed by the governments of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey. We measure the total distribution networks of ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00June 29th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Comment: AI can battle coronavirus, but privacy shouldn’t be a casualty

Lisa-Maria Neudert and Philip Howard write in TechCrunch about the risks that accompany AI-driven solutions to the global health crisis: It is evident that data revealing the health and geolocation of citizens is as personal as it gets. The potential benefits weigh heavy, but so ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00May 28th, 2020|In the News, Press|

Coronavirus News and Information on YouTube: A Content Analysis of Popular Search Terms

Social media is reshaping how people access information about the coronavirus crisis. The online video-sharing website YouTube has emerged as a major purveyor of health and wellbeing information. In this memo, we examine the nature and structural properties of a sample of 320 YouTube videos ...

2020-08-13T15:15:56+01:00April 17th, 2020|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|