Fake News: Spread of Misinformation about Urological Conditions on Social Media

Eur Urol Focus. 2020 May 15;6(3):437-439. doi: 10.1016/j.euf.2019.11.011. Epub 2019 Dec 23.

Abstract

Although there is a large amount of user-generated content about urological health issues on social media, much of this content has not been vetted for information accuracy. In this article, we review the literature on the quality and balance of information on urological health conditions on social networks. Across a wide range of benign and malignant urological conditions, studies show a substantial amount of commercial, biased and/or inaccurate information present on popular social networking sites. The healthcare community should take proactive steps to improve the quality of medical information on social networks. PATIENT SUMMARY: In this review, we examined the spread of misinformation about urological health conditions on social media. We found that a significant amount of the circulating information is commercial, biased or misinformative.

Keywords: Fake news; Misinformation; Social media; Urology; YouTube.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't