YouTube becomes platform for anti-vaccination campaign

It may be better known as the place to go to watch a drunken David Hasselhoff eating a hamburger, but the video website YouTube has also become a popular and effective soapbox for people who believe vaccinations are harmful, a new scientific review reveals.And public health authorities need to come to grips with the potential impact YouTube, Facebook and the whole Internet-based social-networking phenomenon could have on policies like universal vaccinations, suggested the authors, researchers from the University of Toronto and York University.

Senior author Dr. Kumanan Wilson said he calls the approach “anti-vaccination 2.0” – a play on the term Web 2.0. (story)


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