News June 3, 2020

Online Misinformation about Vaccines

In the June 2020 Sabin-Aspen Vaccine Science Policy Report, "Meeting the Challenge of Vaccination Hesitancy," Stanford Internet Observatory research manager Renée DiResta and First Draft lead strategist Claire Wardle write about how anti-vaccination movements' effective storytelling helps spread misinformation online.
Sabin Vaccine Institute

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on our ability to address vaccine hesitancy, one of the top 10 threats to global health, before a vaccine is put on the market. Meeting the Challenge of Vaccination Hesitancy, a report published in June 2020 by the Sabin-Aspen Vaccine Science & Policy Group, lays out actionable steps that leaders across healthcare, research, philanthropy and technology can take to build confidence in vaccines and vaccinations.

Stanford Internet Observatory research manager Renée DiResta co-authors a paper in the report, "Online Misinformation about Vaccines," outlining the tactics that have made anti-vaccine communities so effective online and the limitations to existing social media platform responses intended to feed factual information to users.

Read announcement from the Sabin Vaccine Institute.