The Politicization of Ivermectin Tweets during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marlon I. Diaz, John J. Hanna, Amy Hughes, Christoph Lehmann, Richard J. Medford

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Abstract

Background: We explore the ivermectin discourse and sentiment in the United States with a special focus on political leaning through the social media blogging site Twitter. Methods: We used sentiment analysis and topic modeling to geospatially explore ivermectin Twitter discourse in the United States and compared it to the political leaning of a state based on the 2020 presidential election. Results: All modeled topics were associated with a negative sentiment. Tweets originating from democratic leaning states were more likely to be negative. Conclusions: Real-time analysis of social media content can identify public health concerns and guide timely public health interventions tackling disinformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofac263
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

Keywords

  • disinformation
  • ivermectin
  • public opinion
  • social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases

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