High-profile ‘TruckersforFreedom’ tweets boosted by accounts that also amplified ‘Pfizergate’
In a little over a week, a 99,900-tweet dataset declined by 6,959 tweets. Two users appeared in the top 100 most active accounts for truck hashtags and “Pfizergate vaccine disinformation. — NOTE: Hoaxlines’ research does not address attribution. Readers should not regard the appearance of a user in the dataset as evidence of awareness or cooperation with platform manipulation. See disclaimer regarding attribution and users appearing in the dataset.
Top three vaccine-related tweets show vaccine critics are far from censored
We found the top tweets included a tweet that was blatantly false, one that was misleading, and another promoting conspiracy beliefs. — №1 most retweeted vaccine-related tweet The most retweeted tweet from November 13 to December 12, 2021 came from user DrEliDavid. It contained misinformation about Israel requiring a 4th dose.
US Elected Officials, Hyper-Partisan Media, and Foreign Disinformation Operations Spread Unsubstantiated NSA Spy Claims
Tucker Carlson claims the NSA is spying on his show. The NSA says it isn’t, and Carlson has provided no evidence, excepting his word to bolster the claims. — This report illustrates the interplay between foreign and domestic disinformers, specifically the critical role elected officials and American media play in narratives gaining traction. …
Fox News’ Attitude Toward Fauci Changed Radically. Here’s How they Used to Cover Him.
We looked at Fox coverage of Dr. Fauci from 2010 to 2016 and pandemic-related coverage from 2020 to 2021, using the Stanford TV analyzer. — Between Jan 25, 2020, and today, Fox News undermined coronavirus science in 325+ segments, per @mmfa research. During those segments, Fox pushed at least 547 arguments undermining public health measures, confidence in health officials, vaccine efforts, or coronavirus facts and data.
Typo Reveals Local News Network Likely Controlled By Single Entity
Multiple seemingly unrelated news outlets tweeted identical comments within one minute of each other. The typo shows it was all from the same source. — Edited to add: These outlets are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. A 2019 study by Emory University political scientists Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain in the American Political Science Review found that “stations bought by Sinclair: reduce coverage of local politics,
Let’s Talk About Covid Vaccines, Menstrual Cycles, and Claims about Infertility
Can the vaccine make you infertile? Can the vaccine affect the menstrual cycle? Here’s what we know. — Let’s talk about Covid vaccines, whether they can affect the menstrual cycle and infertility claims. Can the vaccine make you infertile? Can vaccinated women somehow affect unvaccinated women’s cycles? Can the vaccine affect the vaccinated woman’s cycle? No, No, and Maybe. Here’s What Isn’t Happening
What You Should Know About the J&J Vaccine Besides What Scary Headlines Say
A rare reaction to the J&J vaccine appeared in six people. Around 7,000,000 doses have been given in the US. — A rare reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine affected 6 people in the 7 million doses given in the US. Here’s what you should know. The rare side effect may be more common in women. When given a half dose of the influenza vaccine, female mice had an immune…