Doctors on TikTok: The Dark Side of Medical Influencers

Plastic surgeon Martin Jugenburg, known as Dr. 6ix on social media, is facing an ongoing class action lawsuit for sharing unauthorized photos and videos of his patients on Instagram. Investigators discovered that Jugenburg had been using hidden cameras in his clinic to document surgical procedures without his patients’ consent. This lack of respect for patient privacy is not uncommon in the world of “med Twitter” and “MedTok,” where medical professionals often make derogatory posts about patients. The violation of patient confidentiality can lead to a breakdown of trust in the medical system and can have detrimental effects on individuals’ health. While social media can be a valuable platform for medical professionals to educate and support patients, regulations around patient confidentiality need to be updated to prevent further breaches.

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