Grant Awarded: Misinformation Vulnerabilities among Elderly during Disease Outbreaks

WhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation. $49,614.00. [PI: Santosh Vijaykumar, Northumbria University, UK; Other Co-Is: Arun Nair, Health Systems Research India Initiative; Claudia Pagliari, University of Edinburgh; Venkat Chilukuri, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology]

Abstract: This study aims to identify the nature of, and find potential solutions to the kinds of vulnerabilities that misinformation imposes on older adults during infectious disease outbreaks with a demographic that is shown to be especially vulnerable to this problem. Situated in Bangalore, India, the study will comprise of two phases: formative research that will use automated social media analytics of news coverage to identify key themes of misinformation that spread during previous infectious disease outbreaks in India, and a factorial survey experiment to test how older adults and their children respond to different levels of misinformation presented in different information formats.

Yan Jin