Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds - 2021-07-17

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F345.png Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds July 17, 2021, Erum Salam, The Guardian

The vast majority of Covid-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories originated from just 12 people, a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) cited by the White House this week found.

CCDH, a UK/US non-profit and non-governmental organization, found in March that these 12 online personalities they dubbed the "disinformation dozen" have a combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platforms, with Facebook having the largest impact. CCDH analyzed 812,000 Facebook posts and tweets and found 65% came from the disinformation dozen. Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general, and Joe Biden focused on misinformation around vaccines this week as a driving force of the virus spreading.

On Facebook alone, the dozen are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine content, though the vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the US government and its regulatory agencies. And 95% of the Covid misinformation reported on these platforms were not removed.

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{{cite news | first = Erum | last = Salam | title = Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-theories-ccdh-report | work = The Guardian | date = July 17, 2021 | accessdate = July 16, 2023 }}