[Best Paper Award at EMNLP 2020 NLP-Covid Workshop] COVIDLies: Detecting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

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[Best Paper Award at EMNLP 2020 NLP-Covid Workshop] COVIDLies: Detecting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

Dec 11, 2020
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COVIDLies: Detecting COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media Tamanna Hossain, Robert L. Logan IV, Arjuna Ugarte, Yoshitomo Matsubara, Sean Young, Sameer Singh (presented by Tamanna Hossain) **Best Paper Award at the EMNLP 2020 NLP-Covid19 Workshop** The ongoing pandemic has heightened the need for developing tools to flag COVID-19-related misinformation on the internet, specifically on social media such as Twitter. However, due to novel language and the rapid change of information, existing misinformation detection datasets are not effective for evaluating systems designed to detect misinformation on this topic. Misinformation detection can be divided into two sub-tasks: (i) retrieval of misconceptions relevant to posts being checked for veracity, and (ii) stance detection to identify whether the posts Agree, Disagree, or express No Stance towards the retrieved misconceptions. To facilitate research on this task, we release COVIDLies (https://ucinlp.github.io/covid19 ), a dataset of 6761 expert-annotated tweets to evaluate the performance of misinformation detection systems on 86 different pieces of COVID-19 related misinformation. We evaluate existing NLP systems on this dataset, providing initial benchmarks and identifying key challenges for future models to improve upon.

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