COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disinformation Report

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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.

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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%.

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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%.

Reliable Sources of Covid-19 Information

Up to the minute recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Live Tracker of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world.

The World Health Organization provides an in-depth resource and has been on the frontlines of COVID-19 tracking and research since it was first detected.

This animated visual demonstrates how and why outbreaks grow exponentially and why it’s important to “flatten the curve.”

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