Science 2.0: Social Media Made The Modern Anti-Vax Movement Popular, But The Tide Is Turning

Science 2.0: Social Media Made The Modern Anti-Vax Movement Popular, But The Tide Is Turning. “Our research lab has spent years tracking the spread of misinformation on social media, including about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Our most recent update of the data has found that pro-vax information and activity is beginning to push back against, and even overtake, anti-vax disinformation.”

CNN: Vaccine misinformation flourishes on Facebook and Instagram weeks after promised crackdown

CNN: Vaccine misinformation flourishes on Facebook and Instagram weeks after promised crackdown . “Facebook on Thursday morning continued to recommend content in the search bar that linked vaccinations with autism, a CNN Business review showed. When searching for ‘vaccines’ using the search tool, results included ‘vaccines and autism’ and ‘vaccinesrevealed.’ When clicked, the suggestions in the drop-down menu returned results for Facebook pages that spread vaccine misinformation.”

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation. “Amazon is removing from its online marketplace ‘autism cure’ books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.”

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore. “Once relegated to tabloids and web forums, health misinformation and conspiracies have found a new megaphone in the curation engines that power massive platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Search, trending, and recommendation algorithms can be gamed to make fringe ideas appear mainstream. This is compounded by an asymmetry of passion that leads truther communities to create prolific amounts of content, resulting in a greater amount available for algorithms to serve up … and, it seems, resulting in real-world consequences.”

UPI: Social media platforms move to stem vaccine misinformation

UPI: Social media platforms move to stem vaccine misinformation. “Doubts about vaccines, fueled by inaccurate information, could be fracturing the benefits of herd immunity brought on by vaccine acceptance, experts say. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube have been used to spread misinformation about the perceived dangers of getting immunized and have started taking action to stem it.”

CNN: Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon

CNN: Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon. “Amid a growing measles outbreak in the United States, the role of powerful tech companies like YouTube and Facebook in spreading vaccine misinformation is under heavy scrutiny. But there is another massive platform offering spurious anti-vaccination content to people seeking information, a review by CNN Business reveals: Amazon, the world’s largest online marketplace.”