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October 29, 2020 Thursday 03:41:32 PM IST

New research project on COVID-19 and misinformation

Science Innovations

A major new project at King’s College London and the University of Bristol will study the impact of COVID-19 misinformation. The researchers will look at public trust issues around COVID-19 and how distrust can affect compliance with public health measures. The project will be led by Dr Siobhan McAndrew of the University of Bristol, alongside Dr Daniel Allington (Digital Humanities) and Prof. Bobby Duffy (Policy Institute). The 18-month project will begin on 2 November.

The research will analyse whether endorsement of conspiratorial accounts of the pandemic undermines trust and compliance, or whether the relationship works the other way around. It will be delivered through analysis of new, high-quality survey data tracking both those who endorse conspiratorial views and those who do not. The researchers also aim to sample respondents' posts from a popular microblogging service, to track their online information sharing against their reported attitudes, identities and behaviours.

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