#Plandemic and #Scamdemic tweets during the COVID-19 pandemic

#Plandemic and #Scamdemic tweets during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in PLOS ONE, researchers analyzed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disinformation on Twitter. Background The widespread usage of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in an ‘infodemic’ of dis- and misinformation regarding COVID-19, leading to potentially fatal consequences. Understanding the magnitude and impact of this false information is essential for the public health agencies to estimate the behavior of the general population with respect to vaccine uptake and non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like social distancing and masking. About the study In the present study, researchers assessed tweets circulating on Twitter containing the hashtags #Plandemic and #Scamdemic. On 3 January 2021, the team used Twint, a Twitter scraping tool, to collect English-language tweets containing the hashtags #Plandemic or #Scamdemic posted between 1 January and 31 December …
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