EurekAlert: Russian trolls on Twitter polarized vaccination during 2016 election cycle. “During the 2016 election cycle, politically polarizing tweets by Russian trolls about vaccination included pro- and anti-vaccination messages targeted at people with specific political inclinations through an assortment of fake persona types, according to a new analysis published this month.”
EurekAlert: Vaccine misinformation and social media. “People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a study of vaccine knowledge and media use by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.”
ScienceBlog: Facial Recognition: The Next Step In Fight Against Rabies. “Researchers in Tanzania can now determine if a dog was vaccinated for the rabies virus with a cellphone camera image.”
USA Today: Doctor’s pro-vaccine TikTok went viral. Then came hate and threats from around the world . “Nicole Baldwin, a pediatrician working in suburban Cincinnati, posted a TikTok video encouraging vaccination on Twitter Saturday evening. It took less than 24 hours for the video to go viral on both TikTok, a video sharing app, and Twitter – and just another 48 hours before Baldwin was facing backlash from hundreds of thousands of people associated with the anti-vaccine movement.”
United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll. “Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to ‘substantially exceed’ last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”
The Irish Times: Social media companies ‘must do more’ on vaccine misinformation – Harris. “Minister for Health Simon Harris said social media companies have ‘much more work’ to do to combat anti-vaccination misinformation on their platforms. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the 10 leading threats to global health in 2019.” I don’t know why I thought anti-vaxxing was a social issue limited only to America.
Radio Pakistan: Plan devised to make Pakistan polio-free by next year: Zafar. “Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza says government is taking strict measures to regulate vaccine-related harmful content on social media to address the misconceptions regarding polio campaigns…. The Special Assistant said rumours and propaganda spread over social media platforms has been fueling misconceptions about the vaccine and accelerated refusal cases.”