Is social media a friend or foe of science?
An opinion piece published in JAMA suggests the latter: “Protecting the Value of Medical Science in the Age of Social Media and ‘Fake News’”
The authors argue social media poses a threat to science in several ways:
- Unfettered publication of unvetted information by sources of unknown reliability.
- An emerging tactic of decrying disagreeable content as “fake” or part of a “conspiracy.”
- Opponents of evidence-based research who perpetuate …