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Just twelve people are behind most vaccine hoaxes on social media, research shows

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  1. Kuromantis
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    In case you want to read more into this, the article cited a PDF which seems to be the source, and also names the 12, alongside having multiple pages about each of them.

    In case you want to read more into this, the article cited a PDF which seems to be the source, and also names the 12, alongside having multiple pages about each of them.

    The Disinformation Dozen account for
    up to 73% of Facebook’s anti-vaxx
    content

    Analysis of anti-vaccine content posted to Facebook over 689,000 times in the last two
    months shows that up to 73 percent of that content originates with members of the
    Disinformation Dozen of leading online anti-vaxxers.

    This analysis is based on a representative sample of 483 pieces of anti-vaccine content
    that are known to be circulating in anti-vaccine Facebook Groups. We collected this sample by analyzing anti-vaccine posts containing URL links from 10 private and 20 public anti-vaccine Facebook Groups between 1 February and 16 March 2021. Groups in this sample have between 2,500 and 235,000 members and generate up to 10,000 posts per month.

    Researchers then analyzed the content of these URL links, tagging each of them to
    indicate whether they contained a member of the Disinformation Dozen or originated
    from a website controlled by or related to one of those members. For example, URL links
    to articles hosted on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense website were
    attributed to Kennedy, Jr.

    Finally, in order to establish the full distribution of this content on Facebook, we used Facebook’s own CrowdTangle analytics tool to establish how many times these URLs
    have been shared on the platform.

    7 votes
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    nothis
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    Wait, there's "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in spreading this shit?

    He said the crackdown has cost "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in donations to his organization.

    Wait, there's "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in spreading this shit?

    6 votes
    1. teaearlgraycold
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      The world is doomed if only hundreds of thousands of dollars buy these results. It could cost hundreds of millions or more to undo the damage.

      The world is doomed if only hundreds of thousands of dollars buy these results. It could cost hundreds of millions or more to undo the damage.

      9 votes