Fewer conspiracy theories on Twitter

In the midst of a pandemic, conspiracy theories have found fertile ground for further spread, with social media playing an active role in this. Particularly on the subject of vaccination, platforms such as Facebook or YouTube were the platform through which conspiracy theories emerged, as anyone, expert or not, could freely express their opinion by influencing the public.

Twitter is more resistant to theories

Recent research, however, has shown that not all platforms encourage conspiracy theories to the same degree. Among social media, what shows the greatest resilience is Twitter. In detail, researchers from 19 European universities, led by Professor of Digital Governance Giannis Theocharis of the Technical University of Munich, examined the role of various social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others. and applications such as WhatsApp, in terms of spreading conspiracy theories.

The main finding was that Twitter has special features. It is more focused on consuming news, so it faces increased social pressure regarding the content of its posts, which reduces the frequency of dissemination of untrue, inaccurate information.

On Twitter e.g. “Content based on such theories can be quickly demystified or possibly ‘choked’ by better quality information or by large numbers of people willing to intervene to quickly correct misinformation.” In addition, according to the study, Twitter users combine educational level above average and a greater tendency to search for real news, compared to other platforms.

It is worth noting that the study ranks Hellas, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Israel in countries where the “conspiracy index” is above the European average.

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