As people flock to the internet for information on COVID-19, research from a Michigan State University professor of information systems suggests that people may be finding questionable content. Health experts rated the most viewed health-related YouTube videos on one subject as unreliable. As professor Anjana Susarla writes, “The most popular and engaging videos are significantly less likely to have medically valid information.”

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Finding valid health care information on social media is harder than it seems. Carl Court/Getty Images

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