Misinformation and Disinformation: The Potential Disadvantages of Social Media in Infectious Disease and How to Combat Them.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although the use of social media to spread misinformation and disinformation is not a new concept, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has further highlighted the dangers that misinformation can pose to public health. More than two-thirds of Americans receive their news from at least 1 social media outlet, most of which do not undergo the same review process as academic journals and some professional news organizations. Unfortunately, this can lead to inaccurate health information being conveyed as truth. The purpose of this article is to inform the infectious diseases community of the history and dangers of health misinformation and disinformation in social media, present tools for identifying and responding to misinformation, and propose other ethical considerations for social media.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Desai, AN; Ruidera, D; Steinbrink, JM; Granwehr, B; Lee, DH

Published Date

  • May 15, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / Suppl_3

Start / End Page

  • e34 - e39

PubMed ID

  • 35568471

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9384020

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciac109


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States