Question

How people shared (fake) news on coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak?

Challenge

Make people realize the amount of fake that are being shared accross social networks.

Process

Twitter team

  • Collected Twitter links shared in subreddits
  • Extracted data from those tweets
  • Made graphs of most active Twitter accounts + most cited countries: displays where virus spread and its intensity
  • Made 2 interaction graphs: users with more RT+mentions; most active retweeters
  • Interactive version of retweeted network: http://miz.space/lauzhack/retweet/
    • Shows the key role of retweeters in the spread of (mis)information
  • Graph of top 10 most cited countries in tweets
  • Timeline of countries mentions
    • Shows in what extent (fake) news spread corresponds to the virus spread
    • In progress: peaks analysis
  • Listed tweets posted in 3 subreddits: China_flu (controversial), Coronavirus (neutral), COVID-19 (scientific)
  • Generated wordcloud

Reddit team

  • Graph of number of comments on r/Switzerland
    • In progress: peaks analysis: Do they correspond to specific Federal Council politics? Virus spread?
  • Listed links shared in r/Switzerland
    • Gives an indication on what sources can be considered as true for users

Hackathon output (results)

  • Network of Twitter users mentioned in subreddits r/China_flu, r/Coronavirus and r/COVID-19
  • Timeline of countries mentions in tweets
  • Graph of most retweeted+RT tweets + top retweeters
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