Russian trolls and Social media bots spread false information and promoted discord about vaccines on Twitter, a research has discovered.
Employing tactics akin to those at work in the presidential election of United States in 2016, these Twitter accounts made an entry into vaccine debates months prior to election season was in progress.
Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University in the U.S. studied a number of tweets posted from July 2014 to September 2017.
They discovered various accounts (now recognized to belong to the similar Russian trolls who meddled in the U.S. election) in addition to the malware and marketing bots, which tweeted about vaccines and twisted health communications online.
“The gigantic majority of people in the U.S. believe vaccines are effective and safe, but looking at Twitter offers the idea that there is a lot of dispute. It turns out that most of the anti-vaccine posts arrive from accounts whose origin is uncertain,” claimed an assistant professor at George Washington University, David Broniatowski, to the media in an interview.
Speaking of Twitter, the company’s chief executive will testify in front of a US House of Representatives committee next month. This was claimed by the panel last week, after some Republicans raised questions about the social media firms suspending content from conservatives.
“The House Energy and Commerce Committee aims to ask difficult queries about how Twitter regulates and monitors content,” claimed Greg Walden, the Republican Representative and the panel’s chairman, to the media in an interview.
“We look forward to Mr. Dorsey being transparent and forthright about the complicated procedures behind the firm’s content judgment calls and algorithms,” Walden claimed further.
Last week, President Donald Trump blamed social media firms of silencing a number of people in an act of restriction, but did not offered proof to support that claim.