Spreading Health (Mis)Information Through Twitter

Spreading Health (Mis)Information Through Twitter
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A study shows how Twitter users may be giving misinformed advice on antibiotics to other users on Twitter.

Naresh Kumar
  • 9 april 2010

A report published in the American Journal of Infection Control has found that Twitter can be an effective tool for spreading misinformation about antibiotics. The study, carried out by researchers from Columbia University and MixedInk reviewed Twitter status updates of users and explored the evidence of misunderstanding or misuse of antibiotics. Some of the popular categories of Twitter status updates as grouped by the research team were medical advice or information given to other Twitter users and updates about side effects or negative reactions of medications.

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