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A scoping review of COVID-19 online mis/disinformation in Black communities

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Black people, COVID-19, misinformation, disinformation

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We searched and reviewed articles from major databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL. Our search strategy involved the following concepts: 1) COVID-19, including variants; 2) misinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news, and modes of misinformation transmission such as social media; and 3) Blacks or people of African descent, or the African diaspora. We retrieved 600 articles that were independently screened by two researchers. We included studies focusing on 1) Black people living inside or outside Africa; and 2) COVID-19 online dis/misinformation among this population. A total of 19 studies fit our inclusion criteria. We used a thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data.

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Kemei, J., Alaazi, D. A., Tulli, M., Kennedy, M., Tunde-Byass, M., Bailey, P., Sekyi-Otu, A., Murdoch, S., Mohamud, H., Lehman, J., & Salami, B. (2022). A scoping review of COVID-19 online mis/disinformation in Black communities. Journal of global health, 12, 05026.


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