A new application of social impact in social media for overcoming fake news in health

Cristina M. Pulido, Laura Ruiz-Eugenio*, Gisela Redondo-Sama, Beatriz Villarejo-Carballido

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One of the challenges today is to face fake news (false information) in health due to its potential impact on people’s lives. This article contributes to a new application of social impact in social media (SISM) methodology. This study focuses on the social impact of the research to identify what type of health information is false and what type of information is evidence of the social impact shared in social media. The analysis of social media includes Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter. This analysis contributes to identifying how interactions in these forms of social media depend on the type of information shared. The results indicate that messages focused on fake health information are mostly aggressive, those based on evidence of social impact are respectful and transformative, and finally, deliberation contexts promoted in social media overcome false information about health. These results contribute to advancing knowledge in overcoming fake health-related news shared in social media.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2430
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2020


  • Ebola
  • Fake news
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Social impact in social media
  • Social media analysis
  • Vaccines


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