Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's center for disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

A project tracking PA Vaccine Conversations and Misinformation on Twitter, supported by the Henry L. Hillman Foundation

 There is no doubt that a global pandemic is a scary phenomenon.  Hence, it is not surprising that many stories regarding the event will surface and be communicated.  For COVID-19 a number of stories containing inaccurate or misleading information have populated social media.  We list here the stories of this type that have been identified.  Whether they are being spread by those knowing they are inaccurate maliciously, as a joke, or simply to discuss the inaccuracy is under study at this time.  The point here is simply that these stories are not accurate.

It is important to note that in every disaster or crisis situation disinformation and misinformation appear. It is also the case that many of these stories are short lived and have little impact.  Further, many of these stories can be stopped simply by people calling them out, or making fun of them with satire.  In many cases the spread of the stories can increase if they are rebroadcast by celebrities or news agencies.  The irony is that in many cases, readers cannot tell when satire is being used, and may mistake the satire for fact.  Another irony is that stories that talk about a story containing disinformation may spread both the inaccurate information and the information that it is inaccurate.

2022 Weekly Reports:

June 16, 2022 (pdf)

June 9, 2022 (pdf)

June 2, 2022 (pdf)

May 26, 2022 (pdf)

May 19, 2022 (pdf)

May 12, 2022 (pdf)

May 5, 2022 (pdf)

April 29, 2022 (pdf)

April 22, 2022 (pdf)

April 15, 2022 (pdf)

April 8, 2022 (pdf)

April 1, 2022 (pdf)

March 25, 2022 (pdf)

March 18, 2022 (pdf)

March 11, 2022 (pdf)

March 4, 2022 (pdf)

February 25, 2022 (pdf)

February 18, 2022 (pdf)

February 11, 2022 (pdf)

February 4, 2022 (pdf)

January 28, 2022 (pdf)

January 21, 2022 (pdf)

January 14, 2022 (pdf)

January 7, 2022 (pdf)

May 14, 2021 (pdf)

May 21, 2021 (pdf)

May 28, 2021 (pdf)

June 4, 2021 (pdf)

June 11, 2021(pdf)

June 18, 2021 (pdf)

June 25, 2021 (pdf)

July 2, 2021 (pdf)

July 9, 2021 (pdf)

July 16, 2021 (pdf)

July 23, 2021 (pdf)

July 30, 2021 (pdf)

August 6, 2021 (pdf)

August 13, 2021 (pdf)

August 27, 2021 (pdf)

September 3, 2021 (pdf)

September 10, 2021 (pdf)

September 17, 2021 (pdf)

September 24, 2021 (pdf)

September 30, 2021 (pdf)

October 8, 2021 (pdf)

October 15, 2021 (pdf)

October 22, 2021 (pdf)

October 29, 2021 (pdf)

November 5, 2021 (pdf)

November 12, 2021 (pdf)

November 19, 2021 (pdf)

November 26, 2021 (pdf)

December 3, 2021 (pdf)

December 10, 2021 (pdf)

December 17, 2021 (pdf)

December 31, 2021 (pdf)