The 2021 Meedan Annual Report is here! We’re thrilled to announce that our global team continues to grow across four international regions, with programs expanding to serve more journalists and fact-checkers through Meedan-supported collaborations.
In 2021 we established a new initiative called Co·Insights, a National Science Foundation funded research project working to respond to misinformation affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
We also traveled to a variety of countries to share our research and programmatic work, and encouraged local participation in global issues as a part of our mission for a more equitable internet.
With the pandemic ongoing, many partners reached out to our health science experts about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and as health misinformation persists our growing Digital Health Lab and Check tiplines strive to support the global population.
The 2021 annual report discusses all Meedan accomplished last year, packaged into seven sections:
- CEO’s Note
- Meedan in Numbers
- Geographic Areas Served in 2021
- Event Highlights
- What People Are Saying About Us
- Organization Analytics
Previous annual reports provide an exciting reminder of how Meedan came to be, and how much we’ve grown as a community. The 2021 report and previous annual Meedan reports can be found in the About page on our website.
- Online conversations are heavily influenced by news coverage, like the 2022 Supreme Court decision on abortion. The relationship is less clear between big breaking news and specific increases in online misinformation.
- The tweets analyzed were a random sample qualitatively coded as “misinformation” or “not misinformation” by two qualitative coders trained in public health and internet studies.
- This method used Twitter’s historical search API
- The peak was a significant outlier compared to days before it using Grubbs' test for outliers for Chemical Abortion (p<0.2 for the decision; p<0.003 for the leak) and Herbal Abortion (p<0.001 for the decision and leak).
- All our searches were case insensitive and could match substrings; so, “revers” matches “reverse”, “reversal”, etc.