A host of societal problems are associated with social media (SM): Amongst other ills are the dissemination of anti-vax disinformation, being purveyors of anti-Semitic tropes, and fostering narratives resulting in teenage suicide, anxiety, and depression. Till now, host platforms have enjoyed broad protection from legal action -even when dangerous ramifications surface. That may be about to change.
The British broadcaster has become part of a cynical anti-science collaboration.
Victims of disinformation campaigns can use a five-pronged strategy to fight back and win.
The coronavirus pandemic has spawned an equally concerning mis- and disinformation pandemic. The latest myth is that mRNA vaccines may trigger prion diseases like Alzheimer's.
A substantial proportion of frontline healthcare workers are refusing to accept the COVID vaccine. This poses an unacceptable risk to public health. They should take the jab or lose their job.
Peter Fairley, an environmental journalist and contributing editor for MIT Technology Review, cited an anti-vaccine website, DeSmogBlog, in a smear directed at our organization. Simultaneously, he spread misinformation about influenza and COVID-19 and endorses advice that contradicts that of the CDC and World Health Organization.
The website’s strategy is clear: Throw ad hominem attacks as early and as often as possible. Why? Because it works. And the people most eager to spread the lies are self-proclaimed skeptical scientists and journalists.
"Journalists" Sharon Kelly of DeSmogBlog and Lee Fang of The Intercept are spreading disinformation about ACSH and COVID-19.