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Title: Information verification during COVID-19. Comparative analysis in Southern European Countries
Other Titles: Verificación informativa durante la COVID-19. Análisis comparativo en los países del sur de Europa
Authors: Magallón-Rosa, Raúl
Sánchez-Duarte, José Manuel
Keywords: Disinformation
Issue Date: Jul-2021
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Magallón-Rosa, Raúl; Sánchez-Duarte, José Manuel. Information verification during COVID-19. Comparative analysis in Southern European Countries. Thematic dossier International Relations and Social Networks, July 2021. Consulted [online] on date of last visit,
Abstract: Disinformation poses a challenge for democracies, especially in exceptional periods such as electoral processes but, above all, as a consequence of a global health crisis with no clear end date. The objective of this research is to analyse the type of hoaxes identified during the COVID-19 pandemic in southern European countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece). To this effect, 936 pieces of disinformation reported by the main verification organizations in those countries were examined between February and August 2020: Observador and Polígrafo (Portugal), Newtral, Maldita and EFE verifica (Spain) Facta, Open, Effecinque and Pagella Politica (Italy) and Ellinika Hoaxes (Greece). As a final conclusion, the presence or absence of a common pattern in the four countries is examined based on the topic of the hoaxes, their distribution channels and how viral they spread abroad. Two axes of disinformation were established: one health-preventive and the other in terms of political polarization.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
Appears in Collections:OBSERVARE - JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol.12, n.1 - Thematic dossier 1: International Relations and Social Networks (July 2021)

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