Monday April 6, 2020

Social Media Propagating False Information On Vaccination

Education on vaccines in schools should be increased and improved.

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Negative messages about vaccines propagated on the social media are acting as the main barrier to vaccinations, a report from the UK-based charity Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has revealed.

The report, titled “Moving the Needle”, identified two in five (41 per cent) parents, saying they are often or sometimes exposed to negative messages about vaccines on social media.

This increased to as many as one in two (50 per cent) among parents with children under five years old.

Traditional media, on the other hand, continued to be influential, and was highlighted by healthcare professionals as impacting the public’s views on vaccines.

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It suggested that efforts to limit health misinformation online and via social media should be increased, especially by social media platforms themselves. VOA

The fear of side effects of vaccines was found to be the primary reason for choosing not to vaccinate, while lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine was the key reason for parents choosing not to vaccinate their children against flu, the report said.

“Fear and misinformation about vaccines can cause significant damage to seemingly stable vaccination programmes,” said RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer.

“With the dawn of social media, information – and misinformation – about vaccines can spread further and faster than ever before and this may, unfortunately, be advantageous for anti-vaccination groups,” Cramer added.

The report also called for social media platforms and the press to do more to combat “fake news” as millions of lives have been saved through vaccination, and side effects are rare.

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With the dawn of social media, information – and misinformation – about vaccines can spread further and faster than ever before and this may, unfortunately, be advantageous for anti-vaccination groups,” Cramer added.. Flickr Common

It suggested that efforts to limit health misinformation online and via social media should be increased, especially by social media platforms themselves.

Education on vaccines in schools should be increased and improved.

Access to vaccinations must be improved and it should be offered in a more diverse range of locations, including high street pop-ups, utilising the wider public health workforce.

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The report is based on the findings of surveys of nearly 5,000 people across the UK on their awareness and attitudes towards vaccines, such as MMR, the flu jab and HPV.

They include 2,600 parents, 2,000 other adults and more than 200 healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists and general practitioners. (IANS)

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Zoom Raiders Use Social Media Platforms Like Instagram, Twitter To Organise Campaigns

Teenagers running those accounts told the news outlet that they found Zoomraiding a way to escape completing school work

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Twitter is also reportedly looking at how it can deal with the issue. Pixabay

As more classes go online with video meeting app Zoom due to the COVID-19 restrictions, bad actors are making use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to organise harassment campaigns, or what has come to be known as “Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing”, the media reported.

There are several accounts on Instagram and Twitter asking people to share Zoom meeting codes so that they can raid those video conferences or classes organised through the app, CNET reported on Friday. While Instagram is in the process of pulling down accounts that claim to offer Zoomraiding, the menace is far from over.

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“Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing” has emerged as a new type of online harassment in which hate speech, pornography or other inappropriate content is suddenly flashed by disrupting a video call on Zoom. Twitter is also reportedly looking at how it can deal with the issue.

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As more classes go online with video meeting app Zoom due to the COVID-19 restrictions, bad actors are making use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to organise harassment campaigns, or what has come to be known as “Zoomraiding” or “Zoombombing”. IANS

After The New York Times discovered 153 Instagram accounts created for Zoombombing, the Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing app on Friday said it was still in the process of pulling down accounts and hashtags used for Zoombombing.

Teenagers running those accounts told the news outlet that they found Zoomraiding a way to escape completing school work.

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Zooms Founder and CEO Eric Yuan has apologized for the privacy and security issues being reported in his app that has seen a surge in usage globally as people work from home during lockdowns. (IANS)