"For decades, anti-vaccine movements have generated and spread rumours that
vaccines cause serious health problems. The rollout of COVID vaccines has
provided new opportunities to spread misinformation.
At the start of the pandemic, people were already worried about the virus and
the impact of other public health measures, such as lockdowns, on their
physical and social well-being. As COVID vaccines were rolled out, concerns
mounted about the small but serious risk of blood clots linked to the
Alongside this, there has been a degree of panic around unsubstantiated rumours
of adverse events – extremely rare medical problems after being vaccinated –
circulating on social media.
But contrary to the popular belief that social media creates
our new research suggests social media generally only aids the spread
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics