Centre for Digital Governance

Harmful content on Twitter during COVID-19

An “infodemic" of misinformation has led to consequences and reactions from policy makers and businesses alike.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought along an “infodemic” which has been amplified in the digital world. In this student working paper, Zhihao Zhong and Thilo Sander intend to discuss the harmful content on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic and the approaches to solve the problem taken by different sides. They first lay out how disinformation and misinformation have become problems negatively affecting society. They then present solutions and roles by three organisational clusters, namely the platform Twitter itself, governing bodies in the EU and Germany, and civil society such, as the news media and NGOs. 

Teaser photo by visuals (Illustration by Carlos PX) on Unsplash.