Tips on Using Science Twitter During COVID-19

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, many scientists have taken to social media platforms, particularly Twitter. Social media can facilitate research collaboration, generate ideas, clarify misinformation, and further understanding.

A good article, but I’ll af a word of caution. I see some highly technical articles being shared, some which require hours just to understand the statistical methodology being used, and these articles can be highly susceptible to misinterpretation or over-generalization. Now, there are some experts which can summarize these articles very well ( check out @erictopol ) but these folks need both deep statistical knowledge and deep social media knowledge – a rare combo (one I don’t feel I have, which is why I limit this type of sharing myself).

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Thanks for this. I wonder to what extent other members of this community are taking steps on social media to handle/correct misinformation. I have been observing misinformation regarding the public health interventions, and have made some posts to address it. My posts have been informed by my orientation in interpersonal theory (I am a Psychologist) – which would assert greater "health/adaptiveness" from positive modelling (re-stating something with facts and in a positive way) or using limit setting (for example, responding in ways that indicate limits to a post that overgeneralizes something that could be widely misconstrued by viewers). There has been scientific evidence that correcting misinformation can backfire (eg., vaccine-related misinformation on social media) – and by backfire, I refer to further entrenching misinformed views. Since vaccines may form a part of our collective response to this, I wondered if any members of this community might have any suggestons or comments in this area?

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