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Infodemic: The Impact Of Publications In Social Networks On The Formation Of Public Attitudes To COVID-19

Student: Milana Korneva

Supervisor: Natalia V. Smirnova

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

During the pandemic, covid-19 forced people to stay at home, and social networks began to be used as a means of spreading information about Covid-19, so many myths appeared: false and leading people to panic. The study examines the impact of social media publications on public attitudes towards Covid-19. Namely, we consider the social network - Twitter, which has become one of the most popular platforms. Using content analysis, I analyzed people's attitudes to Covid-19 measured via emotions through tweets and comments to understand the impact of publications. A total of 10,000 tweets were analyzed for 2020 and 2020. The data obtained helps to understand the attitude of society to the coronavirus and how the authorities should act in such cases. Keywords: covid-19, social networks, public opinion, infodemic, emotions

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