RAPID: Influencing Young Adults’ Science Engagement and Learning with COVID-19 Media Knowledge Gap Study #1 – Twitter Misinformation Study
This collaborative research project between KQED, a public media organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Texas Tech University and Rockman et al conducted research to study how best to provide effective COVID-19 science news and social media content for young adult audiences.
To start the work, four “Knowledge Gap” studies – Twitter Misinformation, Mask Wearing Messaging, Germ Knowledge and Conceptual Mapping – as well as social media testing were conducted to address our research question: How could COVID-19 coverage be designed to best inform, engage and educate millennials and younger audiences about the science of virus transmission and prevention?
A Twitter Misinformation study was conducted to understand major COVID-19 misinformation narratives on Twitter discussed in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how they compared to the United States as a whole from Mar. 1 - Oct. 20, 2020. To find the answers, we worked with data analysts at Brandwatch (social listening tool) and captured Twitter conversations around COVID-19 in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the U.S. between March 1 and Oct. 20, 2020.
- The study confirmed what kind of misinformation was being shared online and knowledge gaps people had during the pandemic.
- Emphasized the importance of doing more research on COVID-19 knowledge gaps.
- News organizations need to continue to create content that is informative, accurate, timely, and reliable in order to fill knowledge gaps in our communities about the virus.