Summary #1130

COVID-19 is a “Perfect Storm” for Conspiracy Theories
  • Last year, when there were measles outbreaks due to anti vaxxers in the USA, scientists collected huge amounts of data and are now sharing their analysis of it.
  • The results are that during last year’s measles outbreaks, anti-vaccine and no-vaccine communities grew by 300% and 100% respectively.
  • What’s most interesting, people that are undecided are reached by conspiracy theory pages much faster than they can be reached by official, verified public health pages.
  • Even more, their strategies for pulling in undecided social media users are much better than the public health strategy of just plainly stating facts.
  • These insights should be used to inform new policies for fighting back against disinformation in the name of profit and / or political gain.


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  • Psychology Psychology (98) Risk of de­vel­op­ing men­tal dis­or­ders later in life po­ten­tially higher in chil­dren of low-in­come fam­il­ies
  • Cosmos Cosmos (40) The Building Blocks of Life Can Form Even Without Stars or Planets, Scientists Say
  • History History (19) ‘Viking’ was a job description, not a matter of heredity, massive ancient DNA study shows
  • Society Society (89) ‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies
  • Medicine Medicine (87) Gut microbiome link to deadly lung disease
  • Technology Technology (104) Scientists produce rare diamonds in minutes at room temperature
  • Nature Nature (59) Humans, not climate, have driven rapidly rising mammal extinction rate



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