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Cannabis a cure for cancer, insomnia, claim Twitter bots without evidence

The next most common posts involved legality of the drug or posts about where to buy or sell cannabis.

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Lisa Rapaport | Reuters
Social media bots are promoting cannabis as a remedy for everything from cancer to insomnia and foot pain, according to an analysis of posts on Twitter. 
 
“Social bots regularly perpetuate unsubstantiated health claims on the platform, providing one example of how false statements may drown out solid science on social media,” said lead study author Jon-Patrick Allem of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
 
“I want the public to be aware of the difference between a demonstrated, scientifically backed piece of health information and claims that are simply made up,”

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First Published: Dec 28 2019 | 11:24 PM IST

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