TikTok health champions and skeptics are haggling on MedTwitter over its worthiness as a platform. It started with some bad physician actors posting stuff that was disrespectful to patients. The disagreement looks something like this: TikTok health skeptics say it’s a place where bad things happen. TikTok health champions argue that pinheads are not platform ... Continue Reading about TikTok Health Champions and Skeptics
With the emerging global public health crisis Facebook has initiated coordinated measures to control the spread of coronavirus misinformation. Below are select clips from Facebook’s recent press release, Keeping People Safe and Informed About the Coronavirus, detailing their initiative. Twitter has undertaken similar efforts to ensure that reliable health information ... Continue Reading about Facebook and Twitter Fight Coronavirus Misinformation
When it comes to TikTok and health is it just for teaching and reaching teens? It looks that way. But don't count on it. Twitter was launched as a tool for ‘status updates’ — the idea was to tell the world when you were eating a ham sandwich. But that didn’t last long. We figured out that it was really good for sharing links and valuable information. The ... Continue Reading about TikTok and Health — How Will it Be Used?
Following a post last week about the benefits of immunization, Ohio pediatrician Nicole Baldwin became the target of a coordinated anti-vaccine attack on TikTok, Facebook and even her office. Her story then became the subject of mainstream media news. Of course, physicians as targets of the anti-vaccine mob is not new. Bloggers and early era social media ... Continue Reading about Anti-vaccine Attack on TikTok – Is Facebook Complicit?
Dr. Saurabh Jha (aka @roguerad) recently posted this comment on the limits of Twitter: No controversial topic can be adjudicated, or meaningfully discussed, on Twitter. My Twitter motto for 2020 I shared the idea and suggested that it should be framed and put over every physician’s workspace. Some agreed. Some disagreed. Twitter for ... Continue Reading about The Limits of Twitter for Debate
It’s interesting how the use of social media by physicians has changed as it relates to risk and professionalism. In the earliest days doctors either didn’t use social media or they mitigated risk through anonymous profiles. Even now, the core goal for many physicians dipping their toes in the public conversation is to first avoid getting in trouble. The rise of ... Continue Reading about Potty Mouth Doctors and the Emerging Value of Outrage