Why you should be skeptical of science on social media

Internet commentators love to shout their opinions, but the loudest might not know what they’re talking about.

Jacob Groshek, assistant professor of emerging media studies at Boston University, has written about how online discussion can distort facts and disrupt science communication, including a recent essay in The Conversation.

Specifically, tracking how information about antimicrobial resistance spreads online, he and colleagues found that people who post about science online most often are likely to be the most misinformed.

He recently discussed how both scientists and citizens might be able to combat the troubling spread of science misinformation on social media.

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