The importance of access to quality information: study reveals that more than half of nutrition news shared on social networks is fake news.
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What we have debated most is the influence of fake news.
In this context, fake news becomes more dangerous when it comes to health.
This is what a new Health Feedback study reveals.
This is a global network that assesses the credibility of health coverage by the media.
To find out the scientific accuracy of the articles published in 2018, the most popular articles were analyzed.
Among the vehicles were publications such as Huffington Post, CNN and The Guardian.
The topics focused on were “treatment of diseases and diseases”, “food and nutrition” and vaccines.
As a result, clear misinformation and inaccuracies were found.
As well as lack of quality and diversity of sources, and presence of rhetorical and emotional language.
Of the 10 most shared articles, seven were misleading or false.
One of the stories, shared over a million times, turned out to be a liar and potentially harmful.
The article irresponsibly stated that marijuana does less harm than tobacco.
And it goes further: Of the top 100 articles, less than half were "highly reliable."
Of this group, 11 million shares were registered.
However, poorly reviewed articles were shared no less than 8.5 million times.
Problems ranged from lack of detail or context to “exaggeration of results”.
Incorrect interpretations were also a problem in some of the most popular articles.
As well as "sensational headlines", most used in social networks.
The most frightening finding was about the environment in which they circulate.
The place where fake health news is most shared is Facebook.
In this social network 96% of the top 100 articles were shared.
To my sadness, things get worse.
The most shared nutrition-related articles were the least credible.
For this reason, "more work needs to be done to stem the spread of inaccurate health news."
Here I find validation of my purpose.
This statement motivates me to continue sharing quality information here in this space.