Informatics Research Seminar: Contrasting Health Misinformation and Relevant Information on Social Media during a Health Emergency

September 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC Charlotte, ECU and Wake Forest. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and includes research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.

This seminar features health informatics and analytics Dr. Shi Chen and will present on how to identify top influential health misinformation of Zika on Twitter in 2016, reconstruct information dissemination networks of retweeting, contrast real from misinformation on various metrics, and investigate how Zika misinformation proliferated on social media during the Zika epidemic. Dissemination networks of Zika misinformation differed substantially from real information on Twitter, indicating misinformation utilized distinct dissemination mechanisms from real information. The workflow can be adopted to study other health-related discussions on social media, such as the current COVID-19