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    • Examining false beliefs about voter fraud in the wake of the 2020 Presidential Election 

      Pennycook, Gordon; Rand, D.G. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election saw an unprecedented number of false claims alleging election fraud and arguing that Donald Trump was the actual winner of the election. Here we report a survey exploring belief in these ...
    • Identifying patterns to prevent the spread of misinformation during epidemics 

      Nsoesie, E.O.; Oladeji, O. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020)
      This paper discusses patterns of public health misinformation observed during infectious disease epidemics. Specifically, we group epidemic-related misinformation into four categories: transmission, prevention, treatment, ...
    • Lateral reading: College students learn to critically evaluate internet sources in an online course 

      Breakstone, J.; Smith, M.; Connors, P.; Ortega, T.; Kerr, D.; Wineburg, S. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      The COVID-19 pandemic has forced college students to spend more time online. Yet many studies show that college students struggle to discern fact from fiction on the Internet. A small body of research suggests that students ...
    • The presence of unexpected biases in online fact-checking 

      Park, S.; Park, J.Y.; Kang, J.; Cha, M. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      The increasing amount of information online makes it challenging to judge what to believe or discredit. Fact-checking unverified claims shared on platforms, like social media, can play a critical role in correcting misbeliefs. ...
    • The presumed influence of election misinformation on others reduces our own satisfaction with democracy 

      Nisbet, E.C.; Mortenson, C.; Li, Q. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      Pervasive political misinformation threatens the integrity of American electoral democracy but not in the manner most commonly examined. We argue the presumed influence of misinformation (PIM) may be just as pernicious, ...
    • Promoting health literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: A call to action for healthcare professionals 

      Damian, A.J.; Gallo, J.J. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020)
      The extraordinary spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic is impressive. And, to public health professionals like us, it’s worrying: We know that good information and good health go hand in hand. Knowing what ...
    • Redesigning consent: Big data, bigger risks 

      Donovan, Joan (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020)
      Over the last decade, the rapid proliferation of social media platforms coupled with the advancement of computational methods for collecting, processing, and analyzing big datasets created new opportunities for social ...
    • The Relation between Media Consumption and Misinformation at the Outset of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in the US 

      Jamieson, Kathleen Hall; Albarracin, Dolores (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy, 2020)
      A US national probability-based survey during the early days of the SARS-CoV-2 spread in the US showed that, above and beyond respondents’ political party, mainstream broadcast media use (e.g., NBC News) correlated with ...
    • Repress/redress: What the “war on terror” can teach us about fighting misinformation 

      Abrahams, A.; Lim, G. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020)
      Misinformation, like terrorism, thrives where trust in conventional authorities has eroded. An informed policy response must therefore complement efforts to repress misinformation with efforts to redress loss of trust. At ...
    • Research note: Bolsonaro’s firehose: How Covid-19 disinformation on WhatsApp was used to fight a government political crisis in Brazil 

      Soares, F.B.; Recuero, R.; Volcan, T.; Fagundes, G.; Sodré, G. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      Brazil has one of the highest rates of cases and deaths attributed to Covid-19 in the world. Two factors contributed to the high rates: the Brazilian government underestimated the pandemic and a large amount of disinformation ...
    • Research note: Does the public support fact-checking social media? It depends who and how you ask 

      Rich, Timothy S.; Milden, Ian; Wagner, Mallory Treece (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020-11)
      We analyze original survey data on support for social media companies’ fact-checking of politicians in general and President Trump in particular. We find overwhelming majorities of Democrats support fact-checking in both ...
    • Right and left, partisanship predicts (asymmetric) vulnerability to misinformation 

      Nikolov, D.; Flammini, A.; Menczer, F. (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2021)
      We analyze the relationship between partisanship, echo chambers, and vulnerability to online misinformation by studying news sharing behavior on Twitter. While our results confirm prior findings that online misinformation ...
    • Russian disinformation campaigns on Twitter target political communities across the spectrum. Collaboration between opposed political groups might be the most effective way to counter it. 

      Freelon, Deen; Lokot, Tetyana (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy, 2020-01-14)
      Evidence from an analysis of Twitter data reveals that Russian social media trolls exploited racial and political identities to infiltrate distinct groups of authentic users, playing on their group identities. The groups ...
    • Signs of a new world order: Italy as the COVID-19 disinformation 

      Sciubba Caniglia, Costanza (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020)
      When Italy became the western center of the COVID-19 outbreak, it also became the focus of a series of states-sponsored coordinated disinformation campaigns. From early March through May 2020, disinformation operations in ...
    • Tackling misinformation: What researchers could do with social media data 

      Pasquetto, Irene V.; Swire-Thompson, Briony; Amazeen, Michelle A.; Benevenuto, Fabrício; Brashier, Nadia M.; Bond, Robert M.; Bozarth, Lia C.; Budak, Ceren; Ecker, Ullrich K. H.; Fazio, Lisa K.; Ferrara, Emilio; Flanagin, Andrew J.; Flammini, Alessandro; Freelon, Deen; Grinberg, Nir; Hertwig, Ralph; Jamieson, Kathleen Hall; Joseph, Kenneth; Jones, Jason J.; Garrett, R. Kelly; Kreiss, Daniel; McGregor, Shannon; McNealy, Jasmine; Margolin, Drew; Marwick, Alice; Menczer, FiIippo; Metzger, Miriam J.; Nah, Seungahn; Lewandowsky, Stephan; Lorenz-Spreen, Philipp; Ortellado, Pablo; Pennycook, Gordon; Porter, Ethan; Rand, David G.; Robertson, Ronald E.; Tripodi, Francesca; Vosoughi, Soroush; Vargo, Chris; Varol, Onur; Weeks, Brian E.; Wihbey, John; Wood, Thomas J.; Yang, Kai-Cheng (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2020-12)
    • Using misinformation as a political weapon: COVID-19 and Bolsonaro in Brazil 

      Ricard, Julie; Medeiros, Juliano (Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy, 2020)
      With over 30,000 confirmed cases, Brazil is currently the country most affected by COVID-19 in Latin America, and ranked 12th worldwide. Despite all evidence, a strong rhetoric undermining risks associated to COVID-19 has ...