Most online anti-vaccine conspiracies come from the same 12-person study

Study finds 812,000 social media posts revealed group actions

In the global crisis of the Corona pandemic, vaccination is the only concrete solution to get rid of this virus in the long term. Despite this fact, reluctance to vaccination has persisted among people in various countries of the world, due to which vaccination campaigns are not completely successful. In such a situation, it is important to know what are the reasons that prevent people from getting the vaccine.

Conspiracy of a handful of people
In recent research, researchers found that only a handful of people are behind most anti-vaccination plots circulating on social media. These people gave free rein to the “Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy” factory from their social media accounts. According to the research, this is a group of 12 people responsible for 65% of the false and misleading Corona vaccine propaganda on social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. The researchers’ estimate is based on an analysis of the group’s more than 8.12,000 posts on Facebook and Twitter between February 1 and March 16, 2021. This was highlighted during the survey of a non-profit organization. lucrative, the “Center for Combating Digital Hate” (CCDH) and an anti-vaccine propaganda watchdog group. This organization monitors the anti-vaccine industry.

5.9 million people have access
CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed says these people have no medical experience but are giving false information to their followers about the safety of the vaccine. For this, they use social media platforms. Our concern is that these people have access to 5.9 crore (59 million) of subscribers through different platforms. In this way, the group becomes the largest and most important social media platform for anti-waxers.

A video titled “ Vaccine Wood Kill Millions ” was uploaded to one of these YouTube channels last week, which was later removed. It has been seen by over 8 million people. Similar researchers also found such 1,300-page material on the social media accounts of these anti-waxers, which was followed by 85 million individual people. Not only that, these anti-waxers have access to 70-90% of the US and UK population.

Suspected of joining these people
According to research, Joseph Mercola, Robert F. Behind two-thirds of the anti-vaccine material shared in the study window of these anti-vaccine platforms. Kennedy, Jr., Tye and Charlene Bollinger, Sheri Tenpenny, Riza Islam, Rashid Buttar, Erin Elizabeth, Seer Gee, Kelly Brogan, Kristian Northrup, Ben Tapper and Kevin Jenkins. Researchers claim that a large number of users follow the social media accounts of these influencers. A large amount of anti-vaccine material is shared from his account.

However, every user sharing anti-vaccine content does not need to be signed in to these platforms. But a new analysis has found that most anti-vaccination posts shared on platforms like Facebook and Twitter originally come from this relatively small group.

This is how the illusion spread
The influence of this group differs on different social media platforms. According to research, 17% of anti-vaccine tweets are posted on Twitter by the group, but up to 73% of anti-vaccine content is posted on Facebook. The research was mainly published in March asking senior executives at Facebook and Twitter to take tough action against them. Due to their spread of the illusion, hundreds of Corona people may be in danger.

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