Tuesday, September 27, 2016

High Twitter Influence of Third Party Commercial Entities at Medical Conferences

An analysis of Twitter activity at 13 medical conferences found that commercial tweets were highly influential and biased the reporting on the evidence-based science from the conference. PLoS One. 2016;11(9):e0162376

Comment: One way to keep medical conference tweets more unbiased would be to disallow any company from tweeting with the conference hashtag. If they do, then they would be banned from attending the conference next year. Sorting out commercial from non-commercial tweets is difficult in a twitter feed so imposing some sort of self-regulation makes sense.