Even the online medical community cannot completely avoid COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. Gizmodo reports to CNBC found a flood of false claims about vaccines against Doximity, a networking tool in the industry for doctors. Although there are common stories from well-known news and scientific publications, the comments are obviously full of misinformation about the safety of the vaccine, the effectiveness of masks and natural immunity, among other issues.
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Said Doximity CNBC it had rules banning materials that were contrary to public health guidelines, including vaccine materials. It was added that there is a “rigorous” comment review process in which doctors reviewed the content. The company, however, did not explain a bunch of comments against the vaccine, nor did it say when it could remove them.
The findings indicate problems with content moderation. Many social websites and internet giants have rules that prohibit anti-vox content, but implementation is a constant problem due to lack of resources or users circumventing the rules. The Doximity problem is just a more serious offense – this is a small, closed group full of people who should go through a stricter vetting process. Clearly, it will be a long time before Doximity and other websites really keep users from sharing accurate information.
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