Rapid response project of the Social Media Lab

About the Portal

“Come for the Misinformation, stay for the Facts”

The Portal is a rapid response project of the Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada. The project is funded by the Government of Canada via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the World Health organization (WHO). The aim of this project is two-fold: (1) put a spotlight on COVID-19 related misinformation and (2) to provide users with timely and actionable information that we all can use to protect ourselves and our community.

The COVID19MisInfo Portal is a work in progress. Our team of computational social scientists, communications professionals and developers are hard at work curating trusted information about COVID-19 and developing real-time information visualization dashboards to keep track of false claims and automated/inauthentic COVID-19 actors from around the web.

Media Contact

If you have a media request, please email us at [email protected]

When reporting on this project, please refer to it as the Portal from Social Media Lab.

Recommended Citation:

Gruzd, A. & Mai, P. (2021). COVID-19 Misinformation Portal – A Rapid Response Project from the Social Media Lab. Retrieved from

General Info

If you have a question or suggestion please email us at [email protected] or tweet at us @SMlabTO

About the Social Media Lab

COVID-19 Misinformation Rapid Response Project Team Members

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Social Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Ted Rogers School of Management. 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.


Anatoliy Gruzd
Professor and Canada Research Chair | Director of Research, Social Media Lab


Philip Mai
Director of Business and Communications, Social Media Lab


Amira Ghenai
Research Associate


Rebeca C. Cabrera
Research Assistant


Isabelle Roman
Graphic Designer


Kelly Huynh
Research Assistant


Nikolai Krause
Web Developer

Health and Medical Disclaimer:

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information and discussion purposes only. The information provided on this website including links to external website are NOT intended and should NOT be construed as medical advice. If you have medical questions, contact a professional health care provider or your local public health unit. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that have read or seen on this website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or local emergency number immediately.

While we make every effort to present accurate and reliable information, this website and its various components (information, links, dashboards, maps, timelines, etc.) are provided “as is” without any warranty of accuracy, reliability, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information or otherwise, either express or implied. Neither Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), the Social Media Lab nor its directors, employees, or agents will be liable for any loss, damage, or claim with respect to any liabilities, including direct, special, indirect, or consequential damages, incurred in connection with this website or reliance on the information presented. Reliance on any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk


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About the Research Initiative

The COVID19MisInfo Portal project is part of a larger two-year research initiative funded by the Government of Canada via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The initiative, Inoculating Against an Infodemic: Microlearning Interventions to Address CoV Misinformation, is a collaboration between researchers at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Royal Roads University and other institutions.

  • Jaigris Hodson
  • Assoc. Prof. and Program Head, MAIS | Royal Roads University

  • Anatoliy Gruzd
  • Canada Research Chair | Dir. of Research, Social Media Lab, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University),

  • Philip Mai
  • Dir. of Business and Communications, Social Media Lab, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

  • Zhenyi Li
  • Prof., Dir & Program Head | Royal Roads University

  • Yonaira Rivera
  • PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health