Misinformation About Monkeypox on TikTok
TikTok is the newest and the most popular form of social media for young global audiences. Healthcare professionals can present medical information to all audiences in engaging and short-length videos. Our study evaluated the reliability of monkeypox-related information presented on TikTok. We assessed the quality of the information presented using DISCERN, a peer-reviewed tool used for evaluating health information presented to consumers. Findings from our study suggested that physicians, members of the healthcare field, and nonmedical individuals post videos for viewers with unreliable information. Physicians and other healthcare professionals should prioritize providing reliable and well-cited information about current infectious diseases, such as monkeypox, to the young and impressionable audiences using TikTok.
Meyer M, Shoukfeh R, Turk D, Potts G. Misinformation about monkeypox on TikTok. Skinmed. 2023 Sep 29;21(4):248-251. PMID: 37771014.