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Isabelle Freiling - “Dealing with the COVID-19 information environment on social media: From evaluating to sharing (mis)information”
Information on social media can come from a variety of sources that might not always share accurate information. Social media users are therefore well-advised to carefully evaluate the information they come across to not believe misinformation and maybe even change their behavior based on it or to share it further and thereby increase the spread of misinformation online. As we saw since early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of misinformation on this issue was high and carries severe risks for society at large. This talk focuses on strategies users employ to evaluate information as well as on factors influencing the belief in and willingness to share information with a focus on COVID-19.
Isabelle Freiling is a research assistant in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on media use and effects, as well as science and political communication, with a particular focus on social media and misinformation. She tweets as @isa_freiling.
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