[publication] How Science Gets Drawn Into Global Conspiracy Narratives

In this new publication for Issues in Science and Technology, Marc Tuters, Tom Willaert, and Trisha Meyer investigate mRNA-discussion networks, exploring how science becomes entangled with conspiracy theories and disinformation on Twitter.

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Tuters, Willaer, and Meyer use social media data to track evolving narratives empirically. By analyzing the terms that have become associated with mRNA on Twitter since early 2020, they gained insight into how seemingly innocuous scientific concepts acquire sinister connotations through association. Understanding how this process occurs can be helpful in determining which countermeasures might be effective.

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