How Social Media Can Distort and Misinform When Communicating Science

Great article about the challenges of science communication (or lack thereof) in the age of social media….

“Social media has been transformative in how it has democratized communication. But it’s a double-edged sword: social media allows scientists to correct misinformation by communicating their findings with public audiences to promote an understanding of complex issues. Equally dangerously, though, social-media activism has the potential not only to distort public understanding of these critical issues but also to disrupt governmental support and policy regulations.”

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