The White House has asked social media companies to shut down letters that diverge from officially distributed COVID-19 information as part of President Biden’s “war effort” to end coronaires.
A senior administration official told Reuters that the Biden administration is asking Facebook, Twitter and Google to help prevent anti-vaccine fears from going viral, as mistrust of inactivity is a key blocker in the fight against the deadly virus Emerges as.
A White House source told the news agency, “Discontamination that causes vaccine tremors is a huge obstacle to vaccination for everyone and there are no major players.”
The source said, “We are talking to them … so they understand the importance of misinformation and disinformation and how they can get rid of it.”
The news outside of Washington is the first indication that officials are directly engaged with Silicon Valley in censoring social media users; Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Clann previously said the administration would try to work with major media companies on the issue.
The Democratic administration is particularly stressed to ensure that such adverse materials “do not start trending on such platforms and become a widespread movement”, like the recent anti-vaccine protests at Dodger Stadium.
The Los Angeles rally was held on a Facebook page and prevented access to the massive vaccination site serving more than 8,000 people a day.
Anti-vaccine activists in the US have seen their footprints growing on social media, with accounts attracting nearly 8 million new followers since 2019, according to a July report Countering Center for Digital Health.
Social media leaders have vowed to remove anti-vaccine “disinfection” on their platforms, but the proliferation of such content remains constant.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumental gave slogans to social media companies on Thursday, Tweet: “Every piece of misinformation, every person who is threatened to get vaccinated is a setback in our effort to end this deadly epidemic. Facebook and Twitter have moved very slowly in response to this targeted harassment and these dangerous conspiracy theories. “
A Facebook spokesperson said the social network provided the White House with “any assistance we can provide,” and recently removed pages, groups and accounts that violated COVID-19 misinformation and violated guidelines The removal policy is unveiled. “
A Twitter spokesperson said the company is “in regular dialogue with the White House on a number of important issues, including COVID-19 misinformation.”
Alphabet Inc.’s Google did not comment about its political preoccupation, but sent reporters to its company’s blog to put an end to the fake news.
A White House source said Facebook, Twitter and Google were “receptive,” adding, “It’s too soon to say whether this translates into reducing the spread of misinformation.”
With post wires