Inoculating against an Infodemic: COVID-19 News, Social Media, and Misinformation – a CanCOVID Speaker Series Talk by Anatoliy Gruzd and Philip Mai
False narratives about COVID-19 have gone global and are spreading almost as fast as the virus itself. Since Canada’s first “presumptive positive” case was announced January 25, there have been over 3000 false and unproven claims recorded by the Google Fact Check Tools. Anatoliy Gruzd and Philip Mai have been monitoring COVID-19 related misinformation as part of a Government of Canada funded research project. They will be discussing the new COVID-19 Misinformation Portal they’ve launched, including highlights from their recent News, Social Media, and Misinformation Survey.
Anatoliy Gruzd, Ph.D. is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. Gruzd is also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society; and a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.
Philip Mai, M.A., J.D. is the Director of Business and Communications and a Senior Researcher at the Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management and co-founder of the International Conference on Social Media and Society. In his work, he focuses on tech policy issues, knowledge mobilization, information diffusion, business and research partnerships, and practical application of social media analytics.