Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

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Russian Twitter trolls have attempted to fuel the anti-vaccination debate in the U.S., posting about the issue far more than the average Twitter user last year, a study out of George Washington University has found. The "sophisticated" bots shared opinions from both sides of the anti-vaxxer debate, which took the U.S. by storm and prompted tech companies to crack down on the spread of misinformation surrounding vaccinations.

In the study, professor David Broniatowski and his colleagues say the Russian trolls' efforts mimic those used in the past. Such trolls ramp up controversial issues in the U.S. by inflating different viewpoints, the study says.

The U.S. is in the midst of the worst measles outbreak in the country in 25 years. Health officials say misinformation and anti-vax messages have led more people to avoid vaccination, allowing the disease to spread.
Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

Remember when a previous Repub president => Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an "Evil Empire"?
And today's "conservatives" are seemingly indifferent to such stuff, if not just plain actively championing the trollish drivel they spew!
 
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We really need to keep the easily-manipulated idiots in this country off the internet. We should push a bill requiring a minimum IQ of at least 100 for internet access.
 
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This doesn't surprise me one bit. And a whole lot of people fell for it.

No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken
Read more at: Underestimating Quotes - BrainyQuote
 
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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... it's always the Russians w/ you guys. So funny.



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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... it's always the Russians w/ you guys. So funny.
No. Not "always".

It's more accurate to question whether people like you can admit that Russian bots / trolls ARE performing the acts explicitly documented. Because over and over again I see people like you refuse to acknowledge the problem even exists in the first place.
For you, it seems it's never the Russians, even when they are caught red-handed...

Here (like in numerous other places), we have a study.
Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate

And your response is (yet again) to just mock the observation???
:rolleyes:

Again, your emotional reaction to the situation is not an argument...
 
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Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

Remember when a previous Repub president => Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an "Evil Empire"?
And today's "conservatives" are seemingly indifferent to such stuff, if not just plain actively championing the trollish drivel they spew!
Some Jewish centers were anti-vax hot spots.

How A Group For Jewish Moms Spread Anti-Vax Propaganda Before New York’s Measles Outbreak
"A group focused on Jewish mothers has been spreading anti-vaccine propaganda, pushing narratives of damaged children and broken religious laws in New York neighborhoods that are now the epicenter of the worst measles outbreak in almost two decades."
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/anti-vaccine-peach-measles-new-york-propaganda-outbreak



NYC warns of measles outbreak among Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
"Health officials and community groups have reported relatively low vaccination rates in Orthodox neighborhoods. Some blame a faulty perception that fervently religious Jews are protected from infection by the relatively insulated nature of their communities, on top of rumors, unfounded according to public health officials, about dangers from vaccinations."
NYC warns of measles outbreak among Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
 
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We really need to keep the easily-manipulated idiots in this country off the internet. We should push a bill requiring a minimum IQ of at least 100 for internet access.
The semi-free society we have now is already regulated to the point of pain. History shows that squashing the free flow of info never works in the end. What you propose is the kind of thing we see in Communist countries that develop when their populace get itchy feet due to suppression. China is fighting a losing battle with this right now.
 
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Someone tell me why they do not make a vaccine that does not contain the things people do not want in them. They could easily create such yet they do not and only ridicule people for not wanting mercury and fetal cells injected into them. So why not create a vaccine that does not threaten some people? The market is there.
 
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The semi-free society we have now is already regulated to the point of pain. History shows that squashing the free flow of info never works in the end.
You confuse disinformation with information. Anti-vaxxers deal in lies and deceptions.


What you propose is the kind of thing we see in Communist countries that develop when their populace get itchy feet due to suppression. China is fighting a losing battle with this right now.
You are trying to mindlessly smear the recognition of a dedicated operation by "the Evil Empire" to spread disinformation which kills people in the U.S.
The irony is that you are essentially defending the actions of Russia, a communist country, by proclaiming that we would be communist if we did stopped it.