Russia disseminates misinformation about vaccination to create discord -

Russia disseminates misinformation about vaccination to create discord

Russia disseminates misinformation about vaccination to create discord

Social media bots and Russian "trolls" distribute misinformation about vaccines on Twitter to create social strife and spread malicious programs, US researchers say.

As the study showed, many published both pro - and anti-vaccine messages to create "false information."
Thousands of tweets sent between 2014 and 2017 were considered.
Vaccination was used by "trolls" and complex bots as a "wedge problem", said Mark Dredze of the Johns Hopkins University.
"Playing both sides, they undermine public confidence in vaccination, exposing us all to the risk of infectious diseases," he said.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the number of cases of Cory in Europe reached a record level, and experts blamed this surge of infections in reducing the number of people vaccinated.
The number of children released from immunization for religious or philosophical reasons is also growing in the United States, a study published in June showed. While most Americans considered vaccines to be safe and effective, watching Twitter produced another impression and suggested there was a lot of debate on the matter, according to a study of disinformation that was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Researchers reviewed more than 250 vaccination tweets from accounts linked to the St. Petersburg Internet Research Agency (IRA). In February, the agency was mentioned in the US indictment about the alleged interference in the elections.
Tweets Ira used a polarizing language and linked the vaccination with controversial statements about racial, class and government legitimacy, the researchers say.
One tweet questioning the vaccine, which was quoted in the study, read: "Do you know that there is a secret government database about the # VaccinateUS" vaccine-damaged child. "
Another advocated for vaccinations and said: "#VaccinateUS You can not correct stupidity, let them die from Corey, and I for # vaccination!"
Meanwhile, the less complex "Content Contaminants" - bots accounts that distribute malware, unwanted commercial content and destructive materials - are common anti-vaccination messages much more often than average Twitter users using them as a "bait" to get people click on links to malicious websites.
Social media companies are trying to find ways to combat misinformation on their platforms.
Earlier this week, Facebook and Twitter said they had suspended or deleted accounts related to Iran and Russia due to "unreliable" or "manipulative" behavior.
In July, Twitter reportedly closed up to 70 million fake and suspicious accounts.
Despite the fact that science is overwhelmingly and unquestionably advocates for immunization, an increasing number of parents around the world are resisting medical advice, walking their own way.
Some base their decision on discredited 20-year-old studies that mistakenly linked the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (CCM) with autism.
But health officials say that the number of people who develop measles is growing because of a drop in vaccination.
In Europe, more than 41,000 people in the first six months of 2018 were infected with measles-almost twice as many as in the previous year-resulting in 37 deaths.
High rates of measles incidence were observed in Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia and Greece.
The number of children released from vaccination is also growing in the United States.
In Italy, the upper house of parliament voted to repeal the law, which provides for mandatory vaccination of children before they go to school. The amendment will mean that the parents of unvaccinated children will no longer be subject to fines.

24.08.2018 11:21:07
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