Philippine social media users face barrage of bogus medical posts

The Philippines has seen an increase in the spread of bogus and harmful medical posts on social media platforms during the pandemic. Misinformation on untested cosmetic products and quick-fix treatments for chronic illnesses circulate widely on Facebook, which is the most popular social media site among the country’s 76 million internet users. The consequences of using unapproved treatments can be dire, with some patients becoming blind after using eye drops bought online instead of consulting a doctor.