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Perceptions of disinformation, media coverage and government policy related to the Coronavirus – survey findings from six Western countries


Morosoli, Sophie; Humprecht, Edda; Staender, Anna; van Aelst, Peter; Esser, Frank (2020). Perceptions of disinformation, media coverage and government policy related to the Coronavirus – survey findings from six Western countries. Disinformation Project Reports 1, University of Zurich.

Abstract

How do citizens evaluate the role of the press and governments during this unseen crisis and how concerned are they about false information? In this report we discuss perceptions of governments’ dealing, media coverage and concern about disinformation across six Western democracies. Further-more, we present current findings on the willingness of individuals to spread disinformation on social media concerning COVID-19. To investigate this, we conducted a large scale survey with active social media users in Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States over a period of three weeks (April 16 to May 6 2020, N = 7.0141). During these three weeks, almost all six countries were still under strict country-specific containment measures (“lockdowns”) to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus (European Commission 2020; Matrajt & Leung 2020). In this report we present some first findings.

Abstract

How do citizens evaluate the role of the press and governments during this unseen crisis and how concerned are they about false information? In this report we discuss perceptions of governments’ dealing, media coverage and concern about disinformation across six Western democracies. Further-more, we present current findings on the willingness of individuals to spread disinformation on social media concerning COVID-19. To investigate this, we conducted a large scale survey with active social media users in Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States over a period of three weeks (April 16 to May 6 2020, N = 7.0141). During these three weeks, almost all six countries were still under strict country-specific containment measures (“lockdowns”) to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus (European Commission 2020; Matrajt & Leung 2020). In this report we present some first findings.

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Other titles:Verbreitung und Wahrnehmung von Desinformation während der Corona-Krise - Umfrageergebnisse aus sechs westlichen Demokratien
Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:June 2020
Deposited On:17 Sep 2020 11:20
Last Modified:22 Sep 2020 13:17
Series Name:Disinformation Project Reports
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.disinformation-project.com/publications
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