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Research finds bots and trolls influenced vaccine discussion on Twitter

Social media bots and Russian trolls promoted discord and spread false information about vaccines on Twitter, according to new research led by the George Washington University. Using tactics similar to those at work during the 2016 United States presidential election, these Twitter accounts entered into vaccine debates months before election season was underway. The study, “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate” was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

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