Prevalence of Low-Credibility Information on Twitter During the COVID-19 Outbreak

@article{Yang2020PrevalenceOL,
  title={Prevalence of Low-Credibility Information on Twitter During the COVID-19 Outbreak},
  author={Kai-Cheng Yang and Christopher Torres-Lugo and Filippo Menczer},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2020},
  volume={abs/2004.14484}
}
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, concerns regarding the spreading of misinformation about it are also growing. Here we estimate the prevalence of links to low-credibility information on Twitter during the outbreak, and the role of bots in spreading these links. We find that the combined volume of tweets linking to low-credibility information is comparable to the volume of New York Times articles and CDC links. Content analysis reveals a politicization of the pandemic. The… 

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