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Original Claim

Influencers can unintentionally amplify misinformation and disinformation

3 months ago

Context by Compass

The claim that influencers can unintentionally amplify misinformation and disinformation is supported by academic and expert analysis. For instance, Dr. Olga Boichak, a sociologist and social media expert at the University of Sydney, has discussed the role of micro-influencers on platforms like Russian TikTok in amplifying misinformation (University of Sydney). Additionally, research published in Political Communication highlights the network amplification of politicized information and misinformation about COVID-19 by conservative media and partisan influencers, further underscoring the significant role influencers can play in spreading misinformation (Tandfonline). These sources indicate that influencers, whether intentionally or not, can indeed play a significant role in the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation, thereby validating the claim.