Health & Science Literacy

Identifying Credible Sources of Health Information in Social Media

Social media is widely used as a source of health information and carries the ability to influence health outcomes for the public. In response to this, the National Academy of Medicine developed a set of principles to inform social media platforms’ identification and possible elevation of credible sources of health information. The likelihood of credibility among major categories and types of nonprofit and government organizations, the need for parallel strategies and source evaluation, and ethical considerations are discussed.