Via Arab News, an opinion piece: MERS: Social media responsible for false info. Excerpt:
From the hullabaloo on social media, a number of things caught my attention; at first, the medical practitioners active on Twitter and WhatsApp who were providing a lot of unchecked information and ill advices increasing public fears.
And there are those who, unfortunately, took this as an opportunity to attack their employers and the Ministry of Health (MoH) in unproductive ways. The other important thing that could be noticed is that people are still accommodating to rumors and unchecked information without giving it a second thought.
At a time when everybody is online, you would assume that they will use the same network they are already using to spread rumors to check facts and look for information from its authentic sources.
The MoH can only be blamed for its reluctance in dealing with the media. It should have been there talking to the people, sharing with them authentic information and simply been transparent about the disease.