August 24, 2018
Twitter bots and Russian trolls are fueling anti-vaccination conversations online, a new study reveals.
Most Americans recognize that vaccines are safe and critical to preventing disease outbreaks and protecting public health.
But since 2009, the proportion of so-called anti-vaxxers has increased notably in several parts of the country, and measles outbreaks are suddenly reappearing worldwide.
The debate over shots has become dramatically more heated and if social media activity were your measure, you might think that anti-vaxxers are winning.
In fact, anonymous spam bots and Russian trolls are behind an out-sized proportion of social media activity against vaccination, according to the revelatory study published today by George Washington University.
This article was posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 at 5:58 am