Russian trolls, bots influencing discord in immunization debate, study finds – KATU

34
166
Russian trolls, bots influencing discord in immunization debate, study finds – KATU

FILE – This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened dozens of people in Oregon and Washington, with several more cases suspected, and public health officials scrambling to contain the virus say low vaccination rates are making the situation worse. Clark County Public Health said Sunday, Jan. 28, 2019, that the majority of the cases involve children younger than 10. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

A study finds that the same Russian troll accounts that attempted to influence the U.S. election are also tweeting about vaccines.

The study published by the American Public Health Association found that automated bot accounts, and trolls – who are human but have their own hidden agenda – are pushing false information about vaccines on social sites like Twitter.

The researchers studied tweets from 2014-2018. The study revealed a significant amount of the debates online were generated by these fake accounts.

David Broniatowski, a professor at George Washington University is one of the authors of the study. He says the bots and trolls are about 22 times more likely to tweet about vaccinations on both sides — both pro and anti-vaccines.

The researchers found the fake accounts originated in Russia with a goal of creating distrust and discord with the vaccination debate.

In reality, they’re making people hesitate to get their shots.

“That really vastly increases the likelihood of an outbreak. Uh, and, and in part that’s because of the way epidemics work,” said Broniatowski.

Broniatowski says these bots and trolls started using #VaccinateUS on Twitter. He adds, they may appear to be posting about health, but they have their own hidden agendas.

“They may simply be using it as a means to an end either to get followers or to get clicks or to get attention or the stir up discord,” said Broniatowski. “This is not really about Russia versus the U.S.; this is about, this is about the present, preventing an epidemic that could really cause a lot of, a lot of illness really around the world.”

The study also found a majority of Americans who thought vaccines were safe and effective turned to Twitter and thought differently.

Karen Dohman of Vancouver says all her children and grandchildren are vaccinated. She urges people to look past social media to get facts, especially regarding public health.

“I’m not surprised by anything on those sites,” she said. “I think they take everything for hook, line, and sinker when they shouldn’t.”

Kathy Kenworthy of a Vancouver doesn’t think the debate is black and white. She says she’s not surprised, and says the fake accounts are turning Americans against one another.

“I’m confused, I don’t know what’s right,” said Kenworthy. “We need to not fight, we need to focus on the kids, on what’s important.”

Broniatowski says it’s hard to distinguish between real people or trolls and bots. Generally, he says they aren’t usually verified accounts, but can trick celebrity or verified accounts to retweet them. He also says trolls have a history of posting malicious links and sketchy websites, and bots usually just retweet information.

34 COMMENTS

  1. I just want to say I am very new to blogging and site-building and honestly liked you’re blog. Likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You really come with remarkable articles and reviews. Thanks a lot for sharing your blog site.

  2. This website is actually a walk-through its the knowledge it suited you in regards to this and didn’t know who to question. Glimpse here, and you’ll absolutely discover it.

  3. Appreciate you for sharing these types of wonderful posts. In addition, an excellent travel in addition to medical insurance program can often reduce those issues that come with traveling abroad. Any medical emergency can quickly become expensive and that’s sure to quickly place a financial burden on the family finances. Setting up in place the suitable travel insurance program prior to leaving is well worth the time and effort. Thank you

  4. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  5. It’s the best time to make a few plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting issues or suggestions. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles relating to this article. I desire to read even more issues about it!

  6. Thanks for these guidelines. One thing I additionally believe is the fact credit cards featuring a 0% interest often attract consumers with zero interest, instant acceptance and easy internet balance transfers, nonetheless beware of the main factor that will void your current 0% easy road annual percentage rate as well as throw you out into the very poor house fast.

  7. I simply desired to thank you so much yet again. I do not know the things I might have handled without the actual points provided by you concerning this topic. Previously it was the frustrating concern in my circumstances, however , coming across the specialized avenue you dealt with it forced me to weep over fulfillment. Now i’m happier for the assistance and thus believe you find out what a powerful job that you are providing teaching people thru your blog post. I am certain you have never got to know all of us.

  8. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on to that Topic: worldnewsnetwork.co.in/russian-trolls-bots-influencing-discord-in-immunization-debate-study-finds-katu/ […]

  9. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem along with your site in internet explorer, might test this… IE nonetheless is the market leader and a good element of people will pass over your excellent writing because of this problem.

  10. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this brilliant blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  11. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

  12. I have observed that online degree is getting preferred because attaining your college degree online has developed into a popular method for many people. A lot of people have never had a chance to attend a normal college or university but seek the elevated earning potential and a better job that a Bachelors Degree gives you. Still other individuals might have a degree in one training but would like to pursue a thing they now develop an interest in.

  13. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your website in web explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a big component to other people will pass over your fantastic writing due to this problem.

  14. certainly like your web site however you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very troublesome to inform the truth on the other hand I’ll definitely come back again.

  15. It is in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of information. I¡¦m glad that you simply shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  16. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on that Topic: worldnewsnetwork.co.in/russian-trolls-bots-influencing-discord-in-immunization-debate-study-finds-katu/ […]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here