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Covid-19 vaccine online misinformation in fiji preliminary findings

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posted on 04.02.2022, 02:10 by Romitesh KantRomitesh Kant, R Varea, Jason TitifanueJason Titifanue
Digital media opens a vast array of avenues for lay people to effectively engage with news, information and debates about important science and health issues. However, they have also become a fertile ground for various stakeholders to spread misinformation and disinformation, stimulate uncivil discussions and engender ill-informed, dangerous public decisions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, antivaccination social media accounts were proliferating online, threatening to further escalate vaccine hesitancy. The pandemic signifies not only a global health crisis, it has also proven to be an infodemic, characterised by many conspiracy theories. Prior research indicates that belief in health-related conspiracies can harm efforts to curtail the spread of a virus. This article presents and examines preliminary research findings on COVID-19 vaccine related misinformation being circulated on Fijian Facebook Forums.

History

Publication Date

30/09/2021

Journal

Pacific Journalism Review

Volume

27

Issue

1 & 2

Pagination

(p. 47-62)

Publisher

Asia Pacific Network

ISSN

1023-9499

Rights Statement

© 2021 Romitesh Kant, Rufino Varea, Jason Titifanue. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.