Karlin Lillington: Why were groundless doubts on vaccine retweeted by believers in fact?

Confusion arose over claim in German media the AstraZeneca vaccine had very low efficacy in people over 65

Disinformation: So many of us who see ourselves as informed internet and social media users were  fast to tweet the AstraZeneca story or seriously consider doing so. Photograph: iStock

Disinformation: So many of us who see ourselves as informed internet and social media users were fast to tweet the AstraZeneca story or seriously consider doing so. Photograph: iStock

Confusion this week over a claim in German media that the AstraZeneca vaccine had very low (8 per cent) efficacy in people over 65 – a claim quickly disputed by the company and various authorities – provides insights into how easily misinformation and disinformation spreads online.

I say this as someone who had a finger hovering over the “retweet”  button on this story. 

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