The study investigates the relationship between trust in social media and beliefs and preventive behaviours in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We surveyed 1008 respondents
in South Africa to study how trust in social media relative to other information sources predicts perceived risk and adoption of preventive behaviours. Although engagement with and
trust in social media do not predict less adoption of preventive behaviours, trusting information from social media more than information from mass media or scientists is associated
with less risk perception from COVID-19 and reduces the adoption of preventive behaviours
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SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL : S1 Table. Details of responses to categorical predictor variables.
S2 Table. Regressions using Tobit and logit models for behaviour.
S3 Table. Comparing impacts of different measures using Tobit and OLS models.
S1 Questionnaire. Informed consent and questionnaire.