Alongside the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 this past year, we’ve seen the proliferation of disinformation on social media. This parallel epidemic, what the WHO calls an infodemic, has thwarted efforts to control the pandemic around the world. Some of the most vulnerable people and countries have been the targets of these campaigns.
Dr. Celine Gounder is the host of EPIDEMIC, a podcast about the science, public health, and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. In this excerpt from the podcast she speaks to two researchers who have studied how social media algorithms have helped disinformation amplifiers game the system.
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