E-cigarette bots spread fake health advice

Twitter bots are spreading unsupported claims that e-cigarettes help people stop smoking, USC researchers say.

According to analysis of 2.2 million e-cigarette-related Tweets last year, social bots were two times more likely than humans to promote both new products and the idea that e-cigarettes empower people to quit smoking: “Social bots… are designed to promote a specific, slanted narrative — 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Jon-Patrick Allem, a research scientist in the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine.

Full story: http://news.usc.edu/133696/fake-social-media-accounts-can-be-hazardous-to-your-health/

 

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