London, United Kingdom – 05 June 2020 - A new social media analysis conducted by media intelligence firm Commetric sheds light on the impact COVID-19 has had on the spread of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories online.
Some of the main findings include:
- Most users consumed vaccination content via videos rather than via media outlets, with the most popular YouTube channels spreading conspiracy claims.
- Some of the top trending videos on Facebook were several years old and promoted long-standing conspiracy theories.
- Much of the conspiratorial thinking was stirred up by Plandemic, a video featuring prominent anti-vaccine activist Judy Mikovits, and by the ever-popular narrative that Bill Gates created the virus to sell vaccines.
- The most influential anti-vaxxers on Twitter created an echo chamber populated by users describing themselves as Christians, conservatives, and Trump supporters.
- Far-right conspiracy proponents have evolved in their messaging: they have started to oppose calls for mandatory vaccination with a “pro-choice” stance, often treating vaccine resistance as a political campaign.
Read the full research here:
How Has COVID-19 Affected the Anti-Vaccination Movement? A Social Media Analysis
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