Amyoli Internet Research Lab

WhatsApp User Study

  • Have you been using WhatsApp over the past year on a daily basis?
  • Are you concerned about getting accurate coronavirus information?
  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Are you based in the United States?

If so, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study jointly conducted by the University of Chicago and Princeton University!

What is this study about?

We want to learn what misinformation have been encountered on WhatsApp and better understand how users confront and handle this issue. We hope to develop defensive measures to combat against mis/disinformation via WhatsApp, particularly through private messages. By providing your input, you can help us build better, more reliable systems.

What do I have to do to participate?
  • Complete a demographics questionnaire that should take no more than 10 minutes.
  • Participate in a 60-minute interview through a video conferencing platform such as Zoom.
    • We will ask questions about your experiences with false or misleading information on WhatsApp and how you interacted with this information. With your permission, the interview will be audio-recorded and/or video-recorded.
I’d like to participate. How can I sign up?
  • To participate in this study, fill out our contact form and we will be in touch to arrange a time to speak with you.
  • We will let you know if you are selected for the process within 3-4 business days. Thank you for your time!
What do I get out of it?
  • You will receive a link to a $20 Amazon gift card upon completing the questionnaire and virtual interview.
  • You will have the chance to learn more about the potential issues revolving around false or misleading information in WhatsApp.
  • With your help, we will use your input and experiences to develop tools that combat misinformation for WhatsApp users such as yourself.
Research team

Marshini Chetty, University of Chicago
Archie Brohn, University of Chicago
Jason Chee, University of Chicago
Kevin Feng, Princeton University
Kevin Song, University of Chicago