As health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to include inaccurate information linked to vaccines that they have helped to spread for a long time. So far, their efforts to quarantine fall short.
Searches of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram raise all sorts of false warnings about vaccines, including the ideas they stop firmly that they can cause autism or that mercury and other substances containers can poison them and even kill people.
Some experts fear that spreading bad information about online vaccines is planting or reinforcing fears in parents, and they suspect it contributes to the recovery of some dangerous diseases in recent years, including the t measles, the paste and the headache.
“The online world has been one that has been taken over by incorrect information from concerned parents,” said Richard Carpiano, professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California, Riverside, who is studying trends. vaccines. “Medical doctors do not order the type of authority they did decades ago. There is a lack of confidence in the organizations in which people had faith. ”
The attempt to display online mock vaccine information is another in the fight by social media to deal with all sorts of false news, including political propaganda. (Researchers have even found bins associated with Russia trying to halve by expanding on both sides of the vaccine debate.) T
Pinterest, the digital scrapbook and search site which has been a leading online repository of information on vaccines, took the apparently staggering step in 2017 of blocking all searches for the term “vaccines.”
But it has been quarantine that is leaking. Recently, a search for a “measles vaccine” is still being raised, among other things, a job of the name “Why We Did NOT the Measles Vaccine,” along with a picture that looks sinister from a hand holding a huge needle of the name “Vaccine-nation: poisoning the population one shot at a time. ”
Facebook said, in the meantime, in March we would not recommend groups and pages that spread falsions about vaccines, and that we would refuse adverts that do this. This seems to have filtered some of the most obvious sources of information about vaccines, such as the Naturalnews.com website.
But even after the changes, anti-vax groups were among the first results to find a search of “vaccine safety.” Meanwhile, a search of “vaccine,” turns our validated profile. . Christiane Northrup, a doctor who is shocked at his doubts about – and sometimes opposes – vaccines.
On Instagram Facebook, it is easy to find hashas such as “vaccines” and accounts against vaccinating children with a simple search for “vaccines.”
The unintended ideas that circulate online include the belief that the recommended number for babies is too much for their bodies to treat, that vaccines infect people with the same t viruses that they are trying to prevent, or that the natural immunity given by catching a disease is better than vaccines.
In fact, fear and suspicion of vaccines have been around as long as vaccines have existed. Vaccinations of smallpox caused furnace in New England in the 1700s. And anti-vaccine excitement existed online well before Facebook and Twitter.
Still, experts in online misleading information say that social networking and the way its algorithms are spreading the most “attractive” jobs – whether that's true or not – has furthered spread. anti-vaccination propaganda and pushed parents to the anti-vax camp.
Jeanine Guidry, a professor at the Commonwealth University of Virginia studying social media and vaccines, said that social media elaborates on these conversations and creates echo chambers that can reinforce poor knowledge.
Carpiano said it was difficult to document the actual impact that social media has had on vaccination rates, but “we see a reduction in coverage and the increase in gaps in coverage. , ”As well as clusters of people who are at risk of delay.
Despite high profile cases, overall vaccination rates remain high in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the percentage of children under 2 who have not received any vaccines is increasing.
Some of the online mock news about health and medication seem to be spread by people who could truly believe it. Some seem to be a hive of public debate. And there seem to be some for financial gain.
InfoWars, the conspiracy site that is run by right-wing demonist Alex Jones, routinely pushes anti-vax information and stories about “forced vaccinations” when selling what he gets billing as immune supplements. Naturalnews.com also sells such products.
“Our campaign is misleading,” says Carpiano. “Often‘ O, we want choice, understanding, education, ”he said. “But basically it's not open to scientific debate.”
Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press
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