How Fake News Affects Public Health
As an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Brittany Seymour knows that being able to tell fact from fiction makes all the difference when it comes to your health. “When objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion or personal beliefs—that’s fake news,” Seymour said in her address to the Ontario Public Health Association Forum in November 2017. “Five-hundred million Tweets go out every day and 100 hours of new content is uploaded to YouTube every minute,” she said. “The amount of information we share is astounding.” Here are five health myths perpetuated by fake news, and why they’re bunk.