We sought to assess parental support for varying standards that social media sites can employ to combat vaccine misinformation. Between July and August 2019, we conducted a web-based survey with a national sample of 1073 parents of adolescents and who use social media. The survey assessed support for ten standards about vaccine misinformation. Multivariable logistic regression assessed correlates of support. Overall, 61% of parents supported at least one standard. Support for each standard varied greatly (12–51%), with higher support for less restrictive standards. Parents more often supported standards if their child had already initiated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, if they were non-Hispanic black or Hispanic, if they agreed that vaccine misinformation is harmful, or if they saw information on social media in favor of HPV vaccine (all p < .05). Our findings suggest favorable support for standards that social media sites can implement to combat vaccine misinformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1364-1369
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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