Health-related misinformation is abundant on the internet
Citation: Wang Y, McKee M, Torbica A, et al. Systematic literature review on the spread of health-related misinformation on social media. Social Science & Medicine. 2019 Nov;240:112552.
What is this? Online social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have made it much easier for people to spread information about COVID-19. Existing research on the spread of health-related misinformation on social media may provide useful information for policy makers.
In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies that investigated the spread of health-related misinformation on social media. They restricted their searches to articles published in English between January 2012 and November 2018. They included 57 studies.
What was found: Health-related misinformation is abundant on the internet and is often more popular than accurate information.
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