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Misinformation about the climate crisis is flourishing on Musk’s Twitter

  • According to a study, environmental misinformation is spreading on Elon Musk’s Twitter.
  • The study noted that Twitter recommended the hashtag #ClimateScam when users searched for “weather”.
  • According to the study, hashtags exploded on Twitter in July 2022 and have been growing ever since.
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Misinformation about the climate crisis is thriving on Elon Musk’s Twitter, according to a study.

The study, published Thursday by Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD), said Twitter was recommending the hashtag “#ClimateScam” when users searched for “weather.” At the time of publication, Twitter was recommending hashtags to several employees. insider As the top search result for “weather”.

The study cited hashtags as saying, ‘Denier content made a strong comeback in 2022, especially on Twitter.’

According to the study, the hashtag skyrocketed on Twitter in July and has been on an upward trend ever since. As of December, more than 91,000 unique users had mentioned the hashtag more than 362,000 times.

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The term is trending despite data showing more activity and engagement among other hashtags such as “#ClimateCrisis and #ClimateEmergency,” the report said. Its prominence cannot be explained by personalisation, content volume or popularity, the researchers said.

According to the study, the source of the #ClimateScam hashtag was unclear and highlighted the need for transparency in the way content is displayed to users.

According to the report, only some of the content under the hashtag was labeled as misinformation.

Elon Musk cut Twitter’s content moderation team when he bought the platform last October. He also took issue with some of Twitter’s previous content moderation decisions, including the suspension of former US President Donald Trump following the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill.

Representatives for Twitter did not immediately respond to Twitter’s request for comment. insider,

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