Tackling Misinformation, Online and Off

Technology designed to intercept online extremism is being deployed to tackle vaccine misinformation, The Guardian reports.

Already used in over 2 dozen countries, East London-based Moonshot CVE has been used to counter the KKK and Islamic State. The company “redirects” those drawn toward extremism elsewhere, like job sites, counseling and counter-narratives.  Now they are trying their hand at redirecting those drawn to anti-vax conspiracy theories.

Offline, a clutch of other groups are strategizing ways to counter vaccine misinformation—and nurses play a critical role, The Washington Post reports.

Among them is Bilma Marcus—an Orthodox Jewish oncology nurse practitioner in Brooklyn, a hub of the US measles outbreak. Marcus is tackling misinformation the old-fashioned way, with handouts and succinct presentations that aim to respectfully rebut vaccine fears.

“Patients are constantly told vaccines are safe, but no one has ever shown them the studies,” she said.

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