Twitter partners with DOH, WHO PH in effort to stop spread of vaccine misinformation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) – The Department of Health and the World Health Organization-Philippines have found an ally in social media giant Twitter in an initiative aimed at stopping the spread of false information on vaccines.

“As part of Twitter’s efforts to ensure people have access to high quality public health information and resources, we are pleased to announce the expansion of #KnowTheFacts across Asia Pacific including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” Twitter said in its blog post.

The social media network said that #KnowTheFacts aims to “guard against the artificial amplification of non-credible content about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.”

Twitter added that with the new tool, which is already accessible in 33 regions around the world, someone who searches for keywords linked with immunization could find information from credible sources.

“If you search on twitter.com, there’s a pinned Tweet with information from trusted partners,” the social media platform said.

In the Philippines, a search prompt will direct individuals to the World Health Organization’s site that provides critical information about vaccination.

#KnowTheFacts was first launched on May 10 of this year. #KnowTheFacts is available on iOS, Android and twitter.com.

WHO has said that outbreaks of measles and polio in the country were caused by vaccine hesitancy triggered by the controversy surrounding dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

Reports of alleged deaths from the use of Dengvaxia caused fear of vaccines in general, which led to a dramatic drop in vaccination coverage in the Philippines.