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Title: Public Perception of Social Media Reports on Covid-19 in Port Harcourt Rivers State
Author(s): ENYINDAH Chinyere Stella
Abstract: This study looks at the perception of social media reports on Covid 19 by the residents of Port Harcourt. The main objective was to examine the effect of the myriads of social media reports on Covid-19 on the generality of citizens residing in Port Harcourt. The study utilized the survey method of research using a sample size of four hundred (400) respondents selected from Port Harcourt which is considered the biggest city in the region. The instrument used for data collection was the questionnaire. Simple percentage and frequency tables were used to analyse the quantitative data generated. Findings from the study reveal that the residents of Port Harcourt Nigeria access social media regularly and as a result have access to various social media reports on Covid-19.However, their perception about social media reports on Covid-19 is negative. Findings also revealed that residents of Port Harcourt had challenges believing some news sources that report health related issues. The study, therefore, recommends that the government should endeavour to educate social media users on the kind of news reports to consume on social media to avoid being misinformed. It was also recommended that social media users should not regard all news report on social media as fake as some could be true hence the need for verification. Furthermore, the Port Harcourt resident should take advantage of social media platforms to air their views and avoid spreading unverified reports.
Keywords: Social Media, Covid-19, Health Report, Perception, Fake Nel1

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