r/Coronavirus and the Viral Pandemic:A source of truth, comfort and companionship during COVID19

Cole, Jennifer, van de Ven, Cas, Matt Sharkey, Curtis, Williamson, Phillip ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4149-5110, Doherty, Patrick and Robb, Freya (2021) r/Coronavirus and the Viral Pandemic:A source of truth, comfort and companionship during COVID19. In: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2021. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings . Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), JPN, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781450380959

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The COVID19 pandemic has unfolded alongside a concurrent ‘infodemic’ – defined by the World Health Organization as an overabundance of information, some accurate, some not, that occurs during an epidemic. Key to managing this is not only identifying, countering and debunking misinformation but also providing unbiased and factually correct information and signposting people towards it. However, during COVID19, the ‘truth’ has not always been clear. It has not always been easy to prepare public health messaging that is consistent, easily understood or practical for everyone to apply. This presents unique challenges, to which social media platforms need to be part of the solution. One such solution can be found on www.reddit.com where, in January 2020, a group of research scientists, students, academics and medics came together to create and moderate forums in which the pandemic can be discussed and questions about it answered. These forums provide case studies of how information can be generated, misinformation corrected and disinformation debunked on subreddits with, combined, more than 3 million subscribers.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Owner/Author.
Uncontrolled Keywords: infodemic,misinformation,public health messaging,human-computer interaction,computer graphics and computer-aided design,software,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1709
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2023 17:30
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91431
DOI: 10.1145/3411763.3450396

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