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Conference Papers Year : 2020

Fake news and Vaccinations

Abstract

Vaccinations are one of the major accomplishments of medicine for infectious diseases and beyond. However since the first attempts, fake news about potential side effects inundated media of all kind.This fake news problem reemerged recently and focused mainly on 5 domains, however well taught in some medical schools: Multiple sclerosis and hepatitis B vaccination, Autism and vaccinations, unexplained newborn sudden death, Macrophages fasciitis and aluminum, thiomersal mercury and neurological disorders.Social networks indeed amplified enormously the diffusion of fake news, statements and positions, in most cases without sound arguments. Last spring, some social networks (Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest…) decided to implement new policies and limit access to false information.We decided to curate information still circulating on the internet, mainly through the curation tool Scoop.it, to approach the evolution of the topic focusing on the following questions: Who are the producers of fake news/statements related to vaccination? Where are the influencers mostly active in the global world? What kind of information is still circulating on the web? What has been done and what can be done by social networks, national and supranational bodies to limit impact of fake news on public health.
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hal-03026660 , version 1 (26-11-2020)

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G C Faure. Fake news and Vaccinations. Conférence Bobcatsss 2020, Association Bobcatsss, Jan 2020, Paris Champs sur Marne, France. ⟨hal-03026660⟩
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