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Twitter coverage of Demi Lovato's overdose

Missed opportunities in overdose coverage

January 14, 2019

Only 216 of the 42,500 news reports about Demi Lovato’s alleged overdose this past summer included mention of the national addiction hotline, 1-800-662-HELP, a free service that connects callers with lifesaving addiction resources.

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Social media conspiracy theories could undermine efforts to combat Zika virus, experts caution

May 25, 2016

Social media users who share conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims about the Zika virus may undermine upcoming efforts to keep the disease from spreading, according to a study published online today by the journal Vaccine. The researchers behind the study—from Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia—say the misinformation they detected […]

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