Assessing the COVID-19 infodemic and misinformation among university students in Morocco
Keywords:Covid-19, misinformation, social media, university students, Morocco
AbstractThe aim of the study was to investigate the implication of university students in Covid-19-related misinformation dissemination in Morocco using an online questionnaire sent out to various faculties and online student groups around the country. A total of 295 university students responded to the questionnaire. The majority of respondents 269/295 (91.2%) claimed to have come across misinformation during the pandemic. The main source of misinformation was online news outlets (77.2%). The most frequent subjects of misinformation had to do with confinement and curfews (24.2%), the politics around the pandemic (17.2%) and the Covid-19 vaccine (16.6%). Some 36.6% of respondents reported having transmitted misinformation at least once. Overall, the difference between medical and non-medical students’ implication in misinformation dissemination did not reach statistical significance (Khi-square = 6.37, p=0.095). Misinformation, in particular, among university students has potentially been an obstacle to satisfactory Covid-19 response. University students should be a focus of interventions aimed at combatting misinformation.
How to Cite
Klevor, R., Chraa, M., Ait Taleb, K., Taouzer, H., Camara, F. I., & Kissani, N. (2022). Assessing the COVID-19 infodemic and misinformation among university students in Morocco. Observatorio (OBS*), 16(3). https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS16320222050