Digital Disinformation Is a Threat to Public Health   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As the death toll from COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] surges past half a million worldwide and over 10 million people have become infected, it is clear this crisis is far from over. National leaders have refused to acknowledge the seriousness of the issue and neglected to act on behalf of the people they govern and serve. In the U.S., the lack of a comprehensive and science-based response has led to poor health and economic outcomes. Healthcare disinformation has driven attitudes of minimization and denial of the pandemic crisis and is an existential threat to the welfare of the population. A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Melon University (CMU) highlights a disturbing trend in social media. Researchers have determined that nearly half of all the Twitter accounts promoting the reopening of America were likely bots. [...] The ongoing coronavirus pandemic highlights the susceptibility of a population under duress, particularly regarding health and science communication efforts. This pandemic calls attention to the urgent need to directly combat public health disinformation."

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Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 34
Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/
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