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A New Application of Social Impact in Social Media for Overcoming Fake News in Health

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Department of Journalism and Communication Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Campus de la UAB, Plaça Cívica, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, Unibertsitate Etorb., 24, 48007 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
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Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, Unibertsitate Etorb., 24, 48007 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2430; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072430
Received: 1 March 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 31 March 2020 / Published: 3 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Media Intelligence for Public Health Surveillance)
One of the challenges today is to face fake news (false information) in health due to its potential impact on people’s lives. This article contributes to a new application of social impact in social media (SISM) methodology. This study focuses on the social impact of the research to identify what type of health information is false and what type of information is evidence of the social impact shared in social media. The analysis of social media includes Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter. This analysis contributes to identifying how interactions in these forms of social media depend on the type of information shared. The results indicate that messages focused on fake health information are mostly aggressive, those based on evidence of social impact are respectful and transformative, and finally, deliberation contexts promoted in social media overcome false information about health. These results contribute to advancing knowledge in overcoming fake health-related news shared in social media. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media analysis; social impact in social media; public health; fake news; vaccines; nutrition; Ebola social media analysis; social impact in social media; public health; fake news; vaccines; nutrition; Ebola
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Pulido, C.M.; Ruiz-Eugenio, L.; Redondo-Sama, G.; Villarejo-Carballido, B. A New Application of Social Impact in Social Media for Overcoming Fake News in Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2430. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072430

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Pulido CM, Ruiz-Eugenio L, Redondo-Sama G, Villarejo-Carballido B. A New Application of Social Impact in Social Media for Overcoming Fake News in Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2430. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072430

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Pulido, Cristina M.; Ruiz-Eugenio, Laura; Redondo-Sama, Gisela; Villarejo-Carballido, Beatriz. 2020. "A New Application of Social Impact in Social Media for Overcoming Fake News in Health" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 7: 2430. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072430

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