Anti-Mask Tweets


In this project, raters were given a tweet and asked whether it promoted anti-mask behavior. Our goal is to demonstrate how easy it is to spin up rating tasks to capture new types of unhealthy behaviors, which may be especially important given the quickly evolving landscape of social media and sociopolitics in the world.


Tweet #1

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user is spreading misleading information by saying that the areas with mask wearers are seeing increasing cases of coronavirus because of the masks. He retweets things saying there is no science to justify public use of mask wearing. In other tweets he says the masks and lockdowns are to prevent Trump from doing his rallies and he should do them anyway.


Tweet #2

Anti-mask? Yes.

This is pushing misinformation about wearing a mask. Their profile is also full of racist posts, as well as conspiracy theories going as far as being part of Qanon.


Tweet #3

Anti-mask? Yes.

The user says masks are useless (and kind of implies they cause COVID) because everywhere that has required masks has seen an increase in cases.


Tweet #4

Anti-mask? Yes.

This post specifically states that they don't believe masks work at all and it's only about controlling them.


Tweet #5

Anti-mask? Yes.

This definitely appears to be anti-mask and also not understanding the information that is presented to her. When I look on her page everything is very partisan.


Tweet #6

Anti-mask? Yes.

Other comments on the thread intimate that the numbers on mask usage are a hoax.


Tweet #7

Anti-mask? Yes.

Poster brags about not wearing a mask because they "keep themselves healthy" and masks do nothing to prevent the spread.


Tweet #8

Anti-mask? Yes.

The poster compares the United States to North Korea’s communist system because people are asked to wear masks and can be punished for not complying. They also say in the post that most will not contract the flu.


Tweet #9

Anti-mask? Yes.

This tweet alone is definitely anti mask and seems to combine another conspiracy theory with it to make a point. Going to their profile page you are immediately confronted with a racist post about wearing masks


Tweet #10

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user tweets about conspiracy theories around coronavirus and masks on their profile.


Tweet #11

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user is claiming wearing a mask is a sign of the citizenry complying with tyranny.


Tweet #12

Anti-mask? Yes.

Nancy Pelosi makes a post about Trump and the police in Seattle. The respondent poster claims that we’re being forced to wear masks just to weaken our immune systems so they can control us further.


Tweet #13

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user is proclaiming that masks don't prevent transmission and give people a false sense of security.


Tweet #14

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user spreads misinformation by repeatedly tweeting that masks are useless and they can't breathe with them on. This user also spreads misinformation about vaccines on their profile.


Tweet #15

Anti-mask? Yes.

The article posted is against wearing masks. Their profile page is full of conspiracy theories.


Tweet #16

Anti-mask? Yes.

This tweet immediately goes to conspiracy theory talk by calling it #plannedemic (perhaps a reference to the video) as if somebody planned this. They are also against GOP officials mandating masks.


Tweet #17

Anti-mask? Yes.

This post implies that masks are a way to muzzle people. They also have several hashtags leading to more misinformation.


Tweet #18

Anti-mask? Yes.

The user repeatedly posts on his account about COVID-19 being exaggerated. While it may be true that there are no 100% scientifically vetted papers proving the efficacy of masks (hence the confusion around CDC guidance), there is a growing body of evidence. See for example https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent


Tweet #19

Anti-mask? Yes.

They are definitely against wearing masks in this tweet. Looking at their page, everything is anti-science and anti-Democrat.


Tweet #20

Anti-mask? Yes.

While this tweet by itself is technically true (masks by themselves won't fully stop the virus, only mitigate the spread), the user is clearly a mask skeptic if you look at her other tweets (https://twitter.com/karinchandler/status/1253545684185333764). By using the phrase "Wuhan virus", the user reveals their opposition may very well be from a political angle as opposed to a scientific one.


Tweet #21

Anti-mask? Yes.

This user is a mask skeptic who tweets about mandated mask wearing being socialism.


Tweet #22

Anti-mask? Yes.

I looked on his profile to be sure, and he is definitely a mask skeptic. He has a lot of information about all different kinds of health problems that can develop if you wear masks, and this tweet, while it's a little confusing, does appear to be against masks.


Tweet #23

Anti-mask? Yes.

He's basically stating that it is dystopian to have people wear masks to try to stop this pandemic. Looking at his page he is very anti mask, anti-vaccine and anti testing.


Tweet #24

Anti-mask? Yes.

It appears they are trying to blame the deaths of these two boys on wearing masks. It's misleading. Looking at their profile shows a retweet and comment on every conspiracy theory that comes along.


Tweet #25

Anti-mask? Yes.

This appears to be taunting someone else's use of masks. Looking at their profile it is full of conspiracy theories and misinformation about several subjects.