The characteristics of antivaccine networks on Facebook

[Ed. Note: Sharp-eyed readers might note that this post seems familiar. That’s because, due to circumstances and general craziness, I updated and expanded a post that recently appeared elsewhere. Blogging will return to normal next week.]

Social media has become a cornerstone in the strategy of antivaxers to promote their message. Of course, antivaxers are not unique in their adoption of Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, Snapchat, and the like to spread their message and promote their links far and wide. After all, if you think of most antivaccine misinformation as another form of “fake news,” it makes perfect sense. As a result, scientists have become interested in characterizing how antivaccine misinformation spreads and who is doing the spreading. Indeed, early on in the course of the whole “CDC Whistleblower” conspiracy theory, which was spawned in August 2014 when antivaccine activist Brian Hooker teamed with antivaccine icon Andrew Wakefield to promote the


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