Widespread Low-Quality News Sources, Ethnic and Religious Divisions: An Analysis of the Drivers Propelling Coordinated Circulation of Problematic Health Information in Nigeria

29 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2022

See all articles by Fabio Giglietto

Fabio Giglietto

University of Urbino Carlo Bo

Samuel Olaniran

University of the Witwatersrand

Roberto Mincigrucci

University of Urbino Carlo Bo

Date Written: June 6, 2022

Abstract

Despite the widespread global concerns on the potential detrimental effects of misinformation on democracy, the vast majority of studies still focus on Western countries. As a result, we disproportionately know more about wealthy countries characterized by lasting democratic traditions and pluralistic media systems than what we know about contexts where these institutions are yonder and more fragile. Furthermore, the research methods designed to tackle the issue are rarely designed and tested for these less studied contexts. This study contributes to filling this gap by applying to the case of Nigeria an approach to map and study networks of coordinated social media accounts and their narratives. A list of 106 false COVID-19 claims lead to detecting 46 coordinated networks. Beside mapping all these actors, in this paper we analyze three exemplary cases that underlines the role played by widespread low-quality information online sources, religion and ethnicity as drivers exploited to spread problematic health content in the context of larger operations aimed at influencing the public opinion in the country.

Suggested Citation

Giglietto, Fabio and Olaniran, Samuel and Mincigrucci, Roberto, Widespread Low-Quality News Sources, Ethnic and Religious Divisions: An Analysis of the Drivers Propelling Coordinated Circulation of Problematic Health Information in Nigeria (June 6, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4161992 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4161992

Fabio Giglietto (Contact Author)

University of Urbino Carlo Bo ( email )

Via Saffi 15
Urbino, Pesaro-Urbino 61029
Italy
+390722305726 (Phone)
+390722305727 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uniurb.it

Samuel Olaniran

University of the Witwatersrand ( email )

1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein
Johannesburg, GA Gauteng 2000
South Africa

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.wits.ac.za/

Roberto Mincigrucci

University of Urbino Carlo Bo ( email )

Via Saffi 15
Urbino
Italy

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
82
Abstract Views
400
Rank
559,147
PlumX Metrics