How big IT drives health misinformation

8 March, 2019

Physician scientist Prof Peter Hotez tweets:

NEW @WIRED writes about some of the struggles I face with the "dystopian bookstore" now called @amazon, regarding my new book, VACCINES DID NOT CAUSE RACHEL'S AUTISM and how it's the best rated pro #vaccine book, but behind a dozen other #antivax titles!

https://twitter.com/PeterHotez/status/1102998647766245376

He refers to a news item in WIRED.

Full text (news article): https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-and-the-spread-of-health-misinformation/

Extract: 'Once relegated to tabloids and web forums, health misinformation and conspiracies have found a new megaphone in the curation engines that power massive platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Search, trending, and recommendation algorithms can be gamed to make fringe ideas appear mainstream.'

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org