Novax or Novak? Estimating Social Media Stance towards Celebrity Vaccine Hesitancy (Student Abstract)

Authors

  • Madhav Hota Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Adel Khorramrouz Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ashiqur R. KhudaBukhsh Rochester Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v38i21.30453

Keywords:

Stance Classification, Vaccine Hesitancy, Novak Djokovic

Abstract

On 15 January 2022, noted tennis player Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia due to his unvaccinated status for the COVID-19 vaccine. This paper presents a stance classifier and evaluates public reaction to this episode and the impact of this behavior on social media discourse on YouTube. We observed a significant spike of individuals who supported and opposed his behavior at the time of the episode. Supporters outnumbered those who opposed this behavior by over 4x. Our study reports a disturbing trend that following every major Djokovic win, even now, vaccine skeptics often conflate his tennis success as a fitting reply to vaccine mandates.

Published

2024-03-24

How to Cite

Hota, M., Khorramrouz, A., & KhudaBukhsh, A. R. (2024). Novax or Novak? Estimating Social Media Stance towards Celebrity Vaccine Hesitancy (Student Abstract). Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 38(21), 23516-23517. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v38i21.30453