A new nationwide questionnaire reveals that a majority of African-American adults believe that social media is the No. 1 source of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, and that false information is deliberately targeted at the black community.
The Insights, published by Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center), a national nonprofit organization that facilitates public health programs and services for the benefit of communities and people of African descent, reviewed responses from 791 African-American adults between the ages of 18 and 54 and found:
The five most frequent sources COVID-19 vaccine information is: news (48 percent), internet (43 percent), social media (39 percent), family and friends (35 percent), and doctors (35 percent).
– When it comes to feeling confident that they are getting accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine, 33 percent of African Americans surveyed say they completely trust their doctors to provide the information, and 18 percent completely trust their family and friends. Social media ranked last of the elections, with only 6 percent of participants saying they completely trust online platforms to provide accurate information.
– The top three sources are believed to be primarily responsible for sharing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine targeting the black community are: social media (27 percent), news (25 percent), and the Internet (15 percent).
– Nearly seven out of ten (69 percent) believe that it is something too deliberate to target all Americans with misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
– 60 percent admitted that they shared information they learned on social media with family and friends, and about a third (35 percent) shared it on their own social media platforms.
“This practice of receiving and sharing misinformation amplifies health inequalities and harms the black community, which is already dying of COVID-19 with disproportionately high prices,” he said. Delmonte JeffersonCEO of the Center.
“Truth Check aims to correct this contagious spread of inaccurate and false narratives.”
The center has launched TheTruthCheck.org, an online resource for providing African Americans with the social media knowledge and fact-checking skills needed to avoid the impact of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a press release. release. To learn more about the campaign and how to view misinformation on social media, visit TheTruthCheck.org.
Funding for the initiative was made possible through a sub-award from the CDC Foundation and is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) total financial assistance award. $ 25,660048 with 100 percent funding from CDC / HHS.
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