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Thematic Patterns of Disinformation about COVID-19: The Framing of Checks in the Fato ou Fake and Lupa Agencies

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Department of Social Communication, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina 64049-550, Brazil
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Department of Journalism, Federal University of Rondônia, Porto Velho 76801-059, Brazil
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Academic Editor: María Luisa Humanes
Journal. Media. 2022, 3(1), 27-39; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010003
Received: 22 October 2021 / Revised: 6 December 2021 / Accepted: 24 December 2021 / Published: 30 December 2021
This article, which integrates broader research, aims to identify the fake news patterns propagated in the process of disinformation about COVID-19 that were evaluated by the Brazilian fact-checking agencies Fato or Fake and Lupa. Aiming at this goal, we considered the strategies for spreading false information about the disease from January to September 2020. As a methodology, we used part of the procedures associated with media framing, focusing on the themes and labels of the checked information. Politics and death were the two main issues in misinformation assessed by the agencies, closely followed by themes related to cure and prevention. Personalities were particularly relevant at Lupa. The high frequency of the political issue reveals the ideological polarization that Brazil is experiencing, leading to global health crises such as the new coronavirus pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: fact checking; disinformation; COVID-19 fact checking; disinformation; COVID-19
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Teixeira, J.; Martins, A. Thematic Patterns of Disinformation about COVID-19: The Framing of Checks in the Fato ou Fake and Lupa Agencies. Journal. Media. 2022, 3, 27-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010003

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Teixeira J, Martins A. Thematic Patterns of Disinformation about COVID-19: The Framing of Checks in the Fato ou Fake and Lupa Agencies. Journalism and Media. 2022; 3(1):27-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010003

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Teixeira, Juliana, and Allysson Martins. 2022. "Thematic Patterns of Disinformation about COVID-19: The Framing of Checks in the Fato ou Fake and Lupa Agencies" Journalism and Media 3, no. 1: 27-39. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3010003

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