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.


  • Science Science (69) How to precisely edit mitochondrial DNA
  • Psychology Psychology (76) Narcissists don’t learn from their mistakes because they don’t think they make any, study shows
  • Cosmos Cosmos (34) Ringing of global atmosphere confirmed in UH research
  • History History (18) Study settles the score on whether the modern world is less violent
  • Society Society (80) Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?
  • Medicine Medicine (77) COVID-19 vaccines by Oxford, CanSino and Pfizer all trigger immune responses
  • Technology Technology (87) Machine learning reveals recipe for building artificial proteins
  • Nature Nature (57) Why are plants green?



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