April 2, 2021
Going Viral: Combatting Vaccine Misinformation on Social Media
This year, articles and other posts falsely connecting COVID-19 vaccination with death have been some of the most popular online content this year. This spread of incorrect information severely undermines the public’s ability to make informed decisions, prompting Congress to call the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify on their role in promoting “extremism and misinformation.” Retiree communities have increased their usage of technology, including social media, to stay connected during the pandemic, helping to curb loneliness and isolation but also increasing their chances of being targeted by disinformation campaigns. [Included is] more on the impact of vaccine misinformation on public health and how health systems can combat it.
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