At The Sacramento Bee, Catherine Flores-Martin is disturbed at the amount of anti-vaxx hooey being propagated on “social” media. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.
Coordinated campaigns by the anti-vaccine industry to propagate disinformation are threatening national progress and the health of individuals. Leaders in the anti-vaccine space are exploiting social media platforms and targeting communities who are susceptible to their messaging due to long-held distrust in the government or organized medicine.
These individuals are not credible health experts or medical professionals. In truth, they are irresponsible “influencers” peddling disreputable medical advice that lacks evidence and scientific basis. By spreading disinformation that plays on people’s fears, they’ve created lucrative networks and channels of promotion from which to sell books, solicit donations and generate advertising revenue.
One more time, “social” media isn’t.