Anti-Vax movement: Russian trolls have fueled the anti-vaccination debate in the United States by spreading incorrect information on Twitter, according to a study


The Russian Twitter trolls have attempted to fuel the anti-vaccination debate in the United States, publishing the issue much more than an average Twitter user last year, a study by George Washington University found. "Sophisticated" robots shared the views of both sides of the anti-vaxxer debate, which took the US by storm and pushed technology companies to suppress the dissemination of incorrect vaccination information.

In the study, Professor David Broniatowski and his colleagues say that the efforts of Russian trolls imitate those used in the past. These trolls are rampant on controversial issues in the United States, inflating different points of view, the study says.

The United States is in the middle of the worst measles epidemic in the country in 25 years. Health officials say that disinformation and anti-vax messages have led more people to avoid vaccination, allowing the disease to spread.

"These outbreaks are due to the anti-vaccine movement," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, in January, when the epidemics were beginning to get steam.

The anti-vaccination movement helps spread the measles outbreak

He pointed out that the vaccine has been scientifically proven for many years to be safe and effective in the prevention of measles. However, some parents still refuse to vaccinate their children.

One of the main reasons that anti-vaxxers refuse vaccinations is that they they mistakenly believe they cause autism. As part of an effort by several major technology companies to reduce the spread of vaccine misinformation, Amazon has begun to remove the books which promotes alleged "cures" for autism.

Facebook also said it would repress the spread of vaccine misinformation de-prioritizing medical myths through the platform, intervening against fake verifiable vaccines, the company said. Disinformation will now be displayed less frequently in news feeds, both in public and private pages and in groups, search forecasts and recommendations, according to Facebook.

According to Axios, however, the disinformation on vaccines is not the only threat, given that Russia is focusing on the spread of misinformation on health issues ahead of the 2020 elections.

Not only has Russia fueled the anti-vaccination debate, but they have also vomited unverified information 5G wireless technology. RT, a US-backed Russian-based television network, reported that the new 5G technology was linked to cancer, autism, Alzheimer's disease and other health problems, the New York Times reports. This has had a real effect, with smaller blogs and websites gathering RT's false news and sharing it as facts, the Times said.

In February 2018, special consultant Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities with crimes related to a campaign to sow misinformation and division in the United States in the run-up to the 2016 elections. A so-called "troll factory" in St. Petersburg set up to influence US voters it was the fault, according to the accusation.

Trolls have been paid to ridicule Hillary Clinton online and ignite the flames of division problems in the United States. While the evidence suggested that the American operations of the troll factory slowed down between 2016 and 2018, Broniatowski's study suggests that the trolls are alive and alive in Russia – and now they are putting the Americans against each other. Other on health issues.



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