Published February 06, 2012
Facebook and YouTube may have helped to spread the bizarre Tourette’s-like illness that has afflicted many young girls in upstate New York, the Daily Mail reported.
Doctors said that because victims in the town of LeRoy are uploading videos and pictures of themselves on social networking sites, the symptoms could be ‘reinforced and magnified.’
They think the people who watch the videos could be subconsciously copying and spreading what they see.
The disease has been reported in 19 patients so far, 14 of which are girls between the ages of 13 and 18.
Symptoms of the illness include uncontrollable twitching of the face and body.
Facebook hasn’t been formally charged with causing the illness, and the true origin of the illness has yet to be discovered.