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Topic Title: Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows
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Created On: 06/11/2021 09:28 AM
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dingpatch

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Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows

Updated May 14, 202111:48 AM ET
Heard on All Things Considered

SHANNON BOND

Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"The 'Disinformation Dozen' produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms," said Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which identified the accounts.

For Some Anti-Vaccine Advocates, Misinformation Is Part Of A Business
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For Some Anti-Vaccine Advocates, Misinformation Is Part Of A Business
Now the vaccine rollout is reaching a critical stage in which most adults who want the vaccine have gotten it, but many others are holding out, these 12 influential social media users stand to have an outsize impact on the outcome.

After this story published on Thursday, Facebook said it had taken down more of the accounts run by these 12 individuals.

These figures are well-known to both researchers and the social networks. They include anti-vaccine activists, alternative health entrepreneurs and physicians. Some of them run multiple accounts across the different platforms. They often promote "natural health." Some even sell supplements and books.

Many of the messages about the COVID-19 vaccines being widely spread online mirror what's been said in the past about other vaccines by peddlers of health misinformation.

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/13...to-curb-vaccine-hoaxes
 06/11/2021 12:15 PM
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Center for Countering Digital Hate
All we needed to know.

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 06/12/2021 05:01 AM
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dingpatch

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Which of the "12" is your Master?
 06/12/2021 05:37 AM
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Cole

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Originally posted by: dingpatch

Which of the "12" is your Master?


Beerbart is one for sure and he sometimes uses a few others, so there is four in total.



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 06/12/2021 08:31 AM
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While the whole vaccine thing is stupid - this disease is real and if don't already have immunity shout absolutely get it - what I don't like about this is another example of the tech industry controlling the information. Sure it's all OK when it's something good, but think about how that pendulum could swing... The last one was banning all with any context about the lab situation, which all of a sudden opps sorry yeah maybe that should've been researched! This is not good, either the government just needs to take over FB & Twitter ( we can trust them right ) or there needs to be some laws, e.g. can only ban certain topic if get formal approval with some external oversight. If you don't see what's going on here you're missing something!!!

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 06/14/2021 11:26 AM
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somebodyelse

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when is that booster shot due?
Or is the need for a booster shot mis-information?
Am I allowed to ask?

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 06/14/2021 12:11 PM
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Pagerow

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"Ill take "Idiot Q questions" for $200, Alex."

Originally posted by: somebodyelse

when is that booster shot due?

Or is the need for a booster shot mis-information?

Am I allowed to ask?


 06/14/2021 08:14 PM
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Cole

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The 20% that don't get vaccinated don't matter; nature will take care of them.

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