Covid-19 and Hoax on Social Media

Comparing Tweets in the United States and Indonesia during the Pandemic

  • Ihsan Muhammad Rizky University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Halbana Tarmizi Bemidji State University

Abstract

COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives, but it has not stopped people from using social media to spread misinformation. This study looks into tweets related to Covid-19 and hoax in the United States and Indonesia and to determine the types of tweets posted by users from both countries. Tweets related to Covid-19 and hoax were retrieved from the United States and from Indonesia using the keyword “Covid” and “hoax”. Content analysis was used to categorize each tweet into one of the six categories . Our findings indicate a significant difference between the types of tweets in the US and in Indonesia. While in the US, many tweets are used to share political opinions, the Indonesian tweets are mostly used to debunk hoax and to share useful information related to Covid-19. Politically motivated tweets are relatively rare in Indonesia.

Author Biography

Halbana Tarmizi, Bemidji State University

Dr. Tarmizi is an Associate Professor at the Bemidji State College of Business Administration. 

Published
2020-11-29
How to Cite
RIZKY, Ihsan Muhammad; TARMIZI, Halbana. Covid-19 and Hoax on Social Media. Proceedings of Indonesia Focus, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, nov. 2020. ISSN 2475-4005. Available at: <https://www.indonesiafocus.net/index.php/PIF/article/view/43>. Date accessed: 06 dec. 2021.