That said, it is important to note that a lot of people use social media as a platform to spread as much misinformation as possible, something that could prove to be disastrous in the delicate times that we currently live in where it’s important for as many people to get vaccinated as possible.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, about 80% of people would have to end up getting vaccinated before the world can go back to normal in any meaningful way otherwise the virus will always end up having some kind of a chance to come back with a vengeance.
As a result of the fact that this is the case, major tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are joining forces from major countries to fight misinformation. This will involve a lot of fact checking so that people can be better informed about the issues at hand, and eventually this would lead to things normalizing to a certain extent.
Polls indicate that a lot of people in America are somewhat skeptical of vaccines in general, and of the covid-19 virus in particular due to a lot of fake information that ends up getting shared around social media as well as the rest of the internet. A coordinated effort to prevent this misinformation from getting out or to at least educate people so that they know when they are obtaining information that is not true is essential for a future where we can finally be rid of this virus.
This post was written by Zia Muhammad and was first posted to Digital Information World
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