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Rethinking Fake News: Disinformation and Ideology during the time of COVID-19 Global Pandemic

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Das R & Ahmed W (2022) Rethinking Fake News: Disinformation and Ideology during the time of COVID-19 Global Pandemic. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review, 11 (1), pp. 146-159. https://doi.org/10.1177/22779752211027382

Abstract
Digital media and citizen journalism has escalated the infiltration of fake news attempting to create a post truth society (Lazer et al., 2018). The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a surge of misinformation leading to anti-mask, anti-vaccine and anti-5G protests on a global scale. Although the term ‘misinformation’ has been generalized in media and scholarly work, there is a fundamental difference between how misinformation impacts society, compared to more strategically planned disinformation attacks. In this study we explore the ideological constructs of citizens towards acceptance or rejection of disinformation during the heightened time of a COVID-19 global health crisis. Our analysis follows two specific disinformation propagandas evaluated through social network analysis of Twitter data in addition to qualitative insights generated from tweets and in-depth interviews.

Keywords
Misinformation; disinformation; ideology; fake news; social network analysis; infodemic; anti vaccine

Journal
IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review: Volume 11, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersNewcastle University
Publication date31/01/2022
Publication date online31/10/2021
Date accepted by journal04/06/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33554
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2277-9752
eISSN2321-029X

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Dr Wasim Ahmed
Dr Wasim Ahmed

Senior Lecturer in Digital Business, Management, Work and Organisation

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