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    Anti-Vaccination Sentiment Grows … Among Bots and Trolls

    The vast majority of Americans believe vaccines are safe and promote health, but you wouldn’t know that from browsing Twitter, where suspected troll accounts and bots increasingly question the wisdom of immunization, according to a new study from the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers theorize that the onslaught comes from anti-vaccine activists’ bots, spammers spreading malware or scams and Russian troll farms trying to sow political discord. The next step, says the study, may be to immunize the public by warning that the virulent “debate” is an illusion.

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