Doctoral Researcher / Research Assistant | Aarhus University

Digital false information at scale in the European Union: Current state of research in various disciplines, and future directions

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The aim was to find out what we know about false information on digital platforms in the EU, and to focus on large scale research that is aimed at identifying overall patterns.

Digital false information at scale in the European Union: Current state of research in various disciplines, and future directions (2022)

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Co-authors:

Jessica Gabriele Walter

Anja Bechmann

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The methodology used was systematic review of academic literature.

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Funding:
European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO)

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Carmen Gabriela Lupu, who conducted an initial interview with Petra de Place Bak, and whose efforts have helped to make these insights accessible. 

Key points

  • We lack studies that can say something more general about false information across events, regions, and platforms as many of the studies are case specific and use Twitter data.
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The purpose of this paper was to create an overview of what is known about false information on digital media in the EU. As of now, research on false information remain mostly focused on the US and UK, because large scale data sets are available and tools for computational analysis are mostly trained in English. This is two reasons why there is a bias toward English datasets. Thus, we wanted to find out which regions were covered in the EU, by which fields, and also try to point future research in the direction of countries that we know very little about.

Findings

What it means

One cannot have a one size fits all model on how to combat misinformation because information environments differ on regional basis.

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de Place Bak, Petra. 'Digital false information at scale in the European Union: Current state of research in various disciplines, and future directions'. Acume. https://www.acume.org/r/digital-false-information-at-scale-in-the-european-union-current-state-of-research-in-various-disciplines-and-future-directions/