Doctor Promoting Vaccines On TikTok Targeted By Harassment : Short Wave In the first of two episodes exploring anti-vaccine misinformation online, we hear the story of what happened to Cincinnati-area pediatrician Nicole Baldwin when her pro-vaccine TikTok video made her the target of harassment and intimidation from anti-vaccine activists online. Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory explains their tactics and goals.

You can see Dr. Baldwin's original TikTok here.

Renee DiResta has written about how some anti-vaccine proponents harass, intimidate, and spread misinformation online here.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

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Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

Vaccines, Misinformation, And The Internet (Part 1)

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While childhood vaccine rates remain high in the US, doctor Nicole Baldwin says she tries to maintain an open dialogue with parents who have questions about immunization. "I ask them, you know, 'hey, what questions do you have about this?'" she says. "'What have you heard about this on the Internet that is, you know, making you fearful?'" Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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While childhood vaccine rates remain high in the US, doctor Nicole Baldwin says she tries to maintain an open dialogue with parents who have questions about immunization. "I ask them, you know, 'hey, what questions do you have about this?'" she says. "'What have you heard about this on the Internet that is, you know, making you fearful?'"

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In the first of two episodes exploring anti-vaccine misinformation online, we hear the story of what happened to Cincinnati-area pediatrician Nicole Baldwin when her pro-vaccine TikTok video made her the target of harassment and intimidation from anti-vaccine activists online. Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory explains their tactics and goals.

You can see Dr. Baldwin's original TikTok here.

Renee DiResta has written about how some anti-vaccine proponents harass, intimidate, and spread misinformation online here.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Andrea Kissack, and fact-checked by Rebecca Ramirez.