Nicole Baldwin, Rene Directa, NPR discussed on Short Wave

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You're listening to shortwave from. Npr missed yesterday's episode. You missed the story of Cincinnati Pediatrician Nicole Baldwin. And Tick Tock So. I like the music. I think it's Super Fun to watch people being goofy and dancing and all that kind of tick tock is a social media where people basically do that. Be Goofy to music. So who follows you talk to you know my daughter in? That's not horrifying. Yeah I it's funny dinner. Conversation House but I think a lot of Of Physicians Right now are following me I definitely do have some adolescent patients in the past couple of weeks of come into the office. And they're like I saw here tic TAC. I follow you on dog. So that's that's fun because that's who I'm trying to reach. Is that population with some of these messages by messages. Nicole means posts about family health and last month. One of them opposed of hers. Promoting the importance of vaccination went viral and not entirely in a good way. I was scared and we did even at home. Call the police just to have them do extra patrols around our house. In the last episode we examined how Anti Vaccine Activists Harass Nicole through social media eventually finding her office and threatening her practice this episode. We'RE GONNA explore why the Internet is so good at fuelling misinformation. You know the Internet is really good at helping people find other people like them Rene Directa who you also heard in the last episode. Is the research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory? She studies the spread of misinformation through what she calls inadvertent algorithm mic amplification and. What that means is the recommendation engines or the trending function or the search function. We know that these are kind of features that send a lot of is in the way of certain information and so the question has been Do the platforms have an obligation to ensure that the information that they are sending people to is quality information and there are some people who think that the answer is no that but my belief is that we should not be in a world where the most popular website takes top billing on. Google particularly when the notion of most popular Is derived from easily gamed metrics. So Today Rene. Dirigiste helps explain how people game the Internet and the Internet in away games us when it comes to spreading bad information online. I Matt Safai. In this shortwave daily science podcast from NPR..

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