Guest post: How climate change misinformation spreads online

Kathie Treen, Dr. Hywel Williams & Dr. Saffron O,Neil, Carbon Brief

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The rapid rise of social media over the past two decades has brought with it a surge in misinformation. 

Online debates on topics such as vaccination, presidential elections, and the coronavirus pandemic are often as vociferous as they are laced with misleading information. Perhaps more than any other topic, climate change has been subject to the organized spread of spurious information. This circulates online and frequently ends up being discussed in established media or by people in the public eye. But what is climate change misinformation? Who is involved? How does it spread and why does it matter?

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