TORONTO — In the face of an unprecedented global and national health emergency, today we are announcing the launch of a new COVID-19 web portal for Canadians. Visit the portal at: covid19misinfo.org
The web portal is a rapid response project of the Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management. The aim of this project is two-fold: (1) put a spotlight on COVID-19 related misinformation and (2) to provide Canadians with timely and actionable information that we all can use to protect ourselves and our communities.
Our team of computational social scientists, communications professionals and developers are hard at work curating trusted sources about COVID-19 and developing real-time information visualization dashboards to keep track of false claims related to the spread of the virus from around the web.
The web portal features a wide range of resources that might be helpful to you and your family right now and in the weeks to come. You can use it to:
- Browse a Misinformation Dashboard featuring debunked coronavirus claims by professional fact checkers from around the world.
- Browse a Facebook/Instagram Trending Dashboard featuring COVID-19 related posts sorted by relevant keywords and public accounts in Canada. This includes content from local media organizations, regional World Health Organization Pages, government agencies, local politicians, and more.
- Browse a Twitter Trending Dashboard featuring trusted COVID-19 voices and stats about Twitter accounts exhibiting bot-like behavior.
- Track the epidemiological curve of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada. This interactive stacked bar chart will allow you to follow the rate of infection in Canada and the effectiveness of social/physical distancing on the curve over time (if any).
- Access a Curated Directory of Provincial-Level Resources. The directory contains every official COVID-19 web pages and trusted social media accounts in Canada province-by-province.
The lab will continue to add more features to the portal in the weeks to come.
The web portal is part of a new two-year research initiative funded by the Government of Canada. The initiative, Inoculating Against an Infodemic: Microlearning Interventions to Address CoV Misinformation, is a collaboration between researchers at Ryerson University and Royal Roads University.
About the Ryerson Social Media Lab
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Social Media Lab is a multi- and interdisciplinary research laboratory at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. The lab studies how social media is changing the way people and organizations communicate, share information, conduct business and form communities online, and how these changes impact society. The lab’s research seeks to advance the public’s understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of social media adoption.
For press inquiries, please contact:
Director of Business and Communications, Ryerson Social Media Lab