Summary #1130

COVID-19 is a “Perfect Storm” for Conspiracy Theories

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  • Last year, when there were measles outbreaks due to anti vaxxers in the USA, scientists collected huge amounts of data and are now sharing their analysis of it.
  • The results are that during last year’s measles outbreaks, anti-vaccine and no-vaccine communities grew by 300% and 100% respectively.
  • What’s most interesting, people that are undecided are reached by conspiracy theory pages much faster than they can be reached by official, verified public health pages.
  • Even more, their strategies for pulling in undecided social media users are much better than the public health strategy of just plainly stating facts.
  • These insights should be used to inform new policies for fighting back against disinformation in the name of profit and / or political gain.

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