Medical experts warn that internet can make us more sick of disease by showing studies showing how online platforms The role of stimulating vaccine opponents and their unwarranted theories feeds outbreaks of infectious diseases around the world.
"The frequency of vaccine-preventable diseases may be expected to increase."
Two researchers from the University of Stirling in Scotland published a study last year, which concluded, based on data from January 2011 to August 2017, that there were "statistically significant positive correlations" between the use of anti -vacation search terms and declining immunization rates, suggesting that online anti-wak activity has real and potentially fatal consequences.
Amaryllis Mavragani, one of the authors of the study, said Mother Jones of anti-vaccines said Facebook was disappointed with the misconception of incorrect information, and Internet platforms like Facebook contributed to the reduction of immunizations targeting diseases such as measles and new epidemics
. Richard C. Zimmerman, Doctor and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medicine has written an ominously predictive book on a journal of medical research that online disinformation can cause more people to get sick. "With the thriving of the Internet as a source of health information, an incomprehensible or incompletely educated audience can accept [claims critical of vaccines] and refuse to vaccinate their children," he writes. "When this happens, an increase in the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases can be expected."
Looking back at the report, written when social media and video streaming are still at an early stage, Zimmerman says today that such misinformation is spreading even faster than he was supposed to. In an interview with Mike Jones last week, Zimmermann pointed out that since an article has been published, vaccination rates have indeed fallen, and cases of measles, a highly infectious disease whose prevalence is prevented by the highly immunized population, have been increased.
Before the Internet, disinformation about vaccines usually requires direct communication between individuals. "The Internet allows people to create groups without being confined to a physical community, unlike before. I certainly think social media such as Facebook can even speed up this, "Zimmerman says. There are other ways these messages are reported, but I think many of them are on the Internet. I do not think this is the only way, but even if it is not, someone at the playground can say, "Hey, I saw this thing about Facebook vaccines," and things can spread like this. "
While epidemiologists and other researchers have so far struggled to establish a causal link between the spread of anti-vaxxer Internet communities and the real world, many experts have no doubt that online disinformation is fueling outbreaks." Wendy Sue Swanson, spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, agrees that the spread of misinformation about vaccines has been worsened by Facebook and the anti-vaccinating host groups, but she added that the delay in disinformation for immunization is "I think Facebook is interested in it," she said, "but there is no easy answer."
Referring to anxiety about freedom of speech, Swanson expressed his concern tackles these types of groups instead of suggesting that the platform can work to provide counter-information by qualified doctors by enhancing the right information within its algorithm
Whether counterinformation is a successful antidote for disinformation has been discussed in many contexts. (Facebook's efforts to debunk "fake news" by enhancing publisher reliability have failed). 19659005] "In all platforms, the dominant form of vaccine-related content is anti-vaxx," says Rene Direct, a social media researcher at New Knowledge Internet Security Company, which has explored the flow of such content on the Internet. "There is an asymmetry of passion on this subject. Most people do not produce pro-vaccine counterarrays … Just their children are vaccinated and continue their day. "
"People do not produce pro-vaccine counterarrays."
As well as being a center for false information about immunizations, Facebook has been used by anti-vaccines for target groups vulnerable to disinformation. Facebook allows advertisers to target 900,000 users who are interested in "controversy in the vaccine," according to a recent report Guardian. Last week The Daily Beast announced that the platform allowed advertisers specifically targeted to women "pregnant interested" and published a Facebook analysis of ads purchased from several vaccination pages, that predominantly targeted "women over 25 years old" – a demographic group equipped with new and likely mothers. On Thursday, Facebook announced that it was studying potential solutions to limit the spread of anti-vaccination information on its platform after reports in  Guardian A detailed description of the pressure from the medical community and a related letter from the representative of Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
"We've taken measures to reduce the spread of health disinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do. We are currently working on additional changes that will be announced shortly, "said a Facebook spokesman for Mother Jones in an email. The company said it is considering removing anti-vaccinating content and groups of algorithm recommended recommendations
YouTube has recently announced that it has changed its algorithm to recommend videos containing conspiracy and misinformation less often; a spokesman for the company said Mother Jones that efforts would include at least some videos with vaccines. The spokeswoman said the company is working on prioritizing content from "trusted news sources" and providing more context-based external references like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica around videos with topics that are often misinformation targets, including immunizations. So far, he has hesitated to remove the anti-vaccinating content altogether, others like Pinterest and Medium have decided to do just that.
Mother Jones Mater Jones Although it has no specific policy on information about anti-vaccination, she has removed some of her related positions. Pinterest has a more aggressive approach.
A spokesman explained that Pinterest's policy prohibits "advice when there are immediate and harmful effects on the health of Piner or public safety," including in particular "the promotion of fake treatments for terminal or chronic illness
" We Recognize the important role that vaccines play in personal and public health, which is why it is our policy to remove anti-vaccination counseling and other disinformation data on health from our platform, "the spokeswoman wrote. "We want Pinterest to be an inspiring place for people. We know that this is not happening by itself, so we continue to work to keep the harmful content on our platform.