18 May 2022

Disinformation 'super spreaders' involved in Parliament protest

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 18 May 2022

New research shows a dozen 'super spreaders' of disinformation were behind most of the growth of online activity during the Parliament protest.

The Disinformation project - part of Te Punaha Matatini - studied data from tens of millions of online posts, tweets and comments, alongside hundreds of hours of live-streamed footage from the protest.

Director of the project, Kate Hannah told First Up these key personalities essentially became broadcasters, getting different people onboard with their ideas.

Police at Covid convoy protest - Parliament, Wellington on 24 February.

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Study co-author Sanjana Hattotuwa spoke to Susie Ferguson.