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How misinformed vaccine beliefs affect policy views

There is broad support in the U.S. for pro-vaccination policies, but as many as 20% of Americans hold negative views about vaccines. The Annenberg Public Policy Center shows that such misinformed vaccine beliefs are the strongest driver of opposition to pro-vaccination public policies.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

How tweets may influence substance abuse in youth

While social media provides youth the opportunity to discuss and display substance use-related beliefs and behaviors, little is known about how posting or viewing drug-related content influences the beliefs and behaviors of youth relative to substance use.

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Facebook keeps data secret, letting conservative bias claims persist

PIK Professor Duncan Watts is working with Facebook to analyze its content for bias. "Mostly it's mainstream content," he said. "If anything, there is a bias in favor of conservative content."


Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY-FM)

Big Tech: Monopolies, misinformation and election integrity

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center was interviewed about social media and election meddling.


Once again, there is no 'anti-conservative' bias on social media

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said accusations of systemic bias against conservatives by social media platforms are unfounded, in part because there’s no way to prove it. “From a methodological standpoint, it’s virtually impossible to do,” she said. “You'll never capture the full base of the content in order to start your analysis.”



Online petitions work best when you do more than just sign

Rosemary Clark-Parsons of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about the efficacy of online petitions. "What critics refer to as 'slacktivism' can actually create an alternative outlet for those who would typically not get involved in any movement at all,” she said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Social media’s ‘infodemic’

Dominic Sisti and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine and Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing discussed the role of social media in public health.


Business Insider

Influencers are getting paid to promote pregnancy tests on Instagram, and people are applauding it as a way for new moms to make money

Jessa Lingel of the Annenberg School for Communication weighed in on criticisms of influencers announcing their pregnancies with sponsored Instagram posts. “We still have a puritan way of thinking that pregnancy announcements are sacred,” she said. “Everything can be commercialized, but not this.”