Pandemic and the Critical Role of Knowledge Management
Information Pollution in the Covid-19 Epidemic Period: Importance and ExamplesSirine Ben Naceur, Halil İbrahim Altun
In this period, called the information age, when access to information is the fastest and easiest, humanity is fighting the epidemic it has faced in some periods of history. There are fundamental differences that distinguish this epidemic process from others. Spreading fast on a global scale and receiving and sharing information from all over the world thanks to the internet are some of these features. From the very beginning of the outbreak, the First agenda of social and conventional media has been the Covid-19 virus. Many unfounded claims have been made regarding the covid-19 epidemic, which is the main topic of the agenda, and information pollution has been opened up about the epidemic. Because it is about health, people are trying to get information about the fatal Covid-19 virus. Using social media and messaging platforms, people share every content they encounter about the epidemic with their own network, which leads to the rapid spread of information types called misinformation and disinformation. The concept of “infodemic” has been put forward by the WHO to draw attention to the pollution associated with Covid-19. “Infodemic”, which is as dangerous as an epidemic in this epidemic process, where dirty information is spread faster than a virus, is an obstacle to accessing accurate information. In this study, examples of information pollution in the period from the beginning of the epidemic to the vaccination process were compiled and classified from local internet newspapers and internet newspapers containing claims on social media.