COVID-19 Disinformation Report
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is an evolving human tragedy affecting millions of people worldwide.
In today’s digital media landscape, any major event, especially one like this, results in opportunistic disinformation dynamics around trending news that seek to cause harm towards brands, governments and the public. The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global event, in size and scope, resulting in constant trending events across social media at a faster pace than ever before. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the spread of false information on COVID-19 an “infodemic” resulting in widespread confusion around what we can and cannot believe, in the midst of an unprecedented, rapidlyshifting low information public health crisis.
Modern disinformation campaigns primarily seek to modify perceptions and beliefs that can influence the public, policy makers, government officials, and even nation-states. A solid understanding of the scope and scale of disinformation pertaining to COVID-19 is critical to every aspect of lives, both personal and professional, as these attacks will continue as long as the pandemic continues, with information-based decisions impacting communities around the world.
Blackbird.AI’s COVID-19 Disinformation Report : Volume 3 analyzed 119,069,559 tweets on topics related to COVID-19 for the period of May 2 – May 20, 2020. We found 32,148,780 tweets to be manipulated content, with a Blackbird Manipulation Index (BBMI) of 27%. We also explored Facebook and 35,000 4chan posts and performed cohort analysis to understand the accounts driving these narratives.
Blackbird.AI’s COVID-19 Disinformation Report : Volume 2 analyzed 49,755,722 tweets from 13,203,289 unique users on topics related to COVID-19 for the period of February 27 – March 12, 2020. We found 18.8 million tweets to be manipulated content, with a Blackbird Manipulation Index (BBMI) of 37.9%.
Blackbird.AI’s COVID-19 Disinformation Report analyzed 6,923,257 tweets from 2,611,168 unique users on topics related to COVID-19 for the period of February 2-14, 2020. We found 2.67 million tweets to be manipulated content, with a Blackbird Manipulation Index (BBMI) of 38.7%.
Blackbird.AI analyzed Chinese Disinformation Campaigns during the Hong Kong protests between October 18, 2019 – October 27th 2019. We analyzed 442,220 tweets and our platform surfaced hundreds of highly toxic users which spread synthetically amplified posts that appeared to be designed to agitate protestors allowing us to create a “fingerprint” for identifying Chinese Government backed Twitter campaigns.