The role of social media in spread of vaccine misinformation

Interview with Dr. Corey Basch of William Paterson University

Researchers have for years pointed to the sharing of misinformation on social networks as a key factor in vaccine hesitation. YouTube this week announced it will ban the accounts of several prominent anti-vaccine activists. Falling in line with policies being enforced by Facebook and Twitter, it will remove content falsely claiming that approved vaccines are dangerous.

Dr. Corey Basch, professor and chair of the public health department at William Paterson University, studies the influence of these activists and discusses just how far they reach.

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