By: George William
At a press conference on Thursday Press Secretary Jen Psaki for the Biden admin announced that the White House is working with and asking Facebook to share data it has on Covid and vaccine “misinformation”.
“We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” the White House press secretary said.
“Facebook should provide, publicly and transparently, data on the reach of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, not just engagement, but the reach of the misinformation and the audience that it’s reaching,” Psaki said. “That will help us ensure we’re getting accurate information to people. This should be provided not just to researchers but to the public so that the public knows and understands what is accurate and inaccurate”
Psaki went on to say that the Biden admin wants Facebook and other platforms to “create a robust enforcement strategy that bridges their properties and provides transparency about the rules,” to take “faster action against harmful posts,” and to promote “quality information sources in their feed algorithm.”
“There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” Psaki said. “All of them remain active on Facebook, despite some even being banned on other platforms, including Facebook, ones that Facebook owns.”