Health Literacy Against Misinformation and Infodemic Spreadin Social Media During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: The Lie Epidemic Caused by Misinformation


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Biricik Z.

in: Health Literacy Against Misinformation and Infodemic Spreadin Social Media During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: The Lie Epidemic Caused by Misinformation, Gülşah Sarı, Editor, IGI Global , Pennsylvania, pp.180-190, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Page Numbers: pp.180-190
  • Editors: Gülşah Sarı, Editor
  • Ataturk University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

With developing technologies surrounding human life, communication practices have increasingly become digital, and communication patterns have started to continue as an extension in these digital environments. Communication networks have become crucial platforms in disseminating information with the spread of social media networks via Web 2.0 and the participation of individuals in these networks globally, and these networks play an active role in the dissemination of information. Thanks to the interactive nature of social media, users can actively participate in the process, comment, and create content. Having so many content producers or resources leads to misinformation in an abundance of information, which in turn causes an infodemic. In this context, this study conceptually addressed the misinformation that individuals were exposed to through social media during the Coronavirus pandemic and the infodemic it caused, and the information, skills, and advice people might need in order to become health literate were included in order to overcome it.