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Mon Apr 19, 2021, 10:12 AM

Amy Klobuchar takes aim at 12 vaccine misinformation influencers


https://www.vox.com/recode/2021/4/19/22388231/amy-klobuchar-vaccine-misinformation-facebook-twitter-superspreaders?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Senators have written to Facebook and Twitter to ask about vaccine misinformation superspreaders.

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues across the US, some lawmakers are concerned that ongoing misinformation and disinformation campaigns are exacerbating vaccine hesitancy. Now, two senators are turning their attention to the vaccine misinformation superspreaders that push the bulk of conspiracy theories and lies on social media — and asking the social media giants to take more aggressive action.

“For too long, social media platforms have failed to adequately protect Americans by not taking sufficient action to prevent the spread of vaccine disinformation online,” wrote Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) in a Friday letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, which was viewed by Recode. “Despite your policies intended to prevent vaccine disinformation, many of these accounts continue to post content that reach millions of users, repeatedly violating your policies with impunity.”

In particular, the senators urged the companies to take action against 12 anti-vaccine influencers — 11 individuals and one couple — who spread anti-vaccine content on the internet. These accounts include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has pushed distrust in vaccines, and Joseph Mercola, an online alternative medicine proponent who was recently flagged by the Food and Drug Administration for promoting fake Covid-19 cures, including through his still-active Twitter account.

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Reply Amy Klobuchar takes aim at 12 vaccine misinformation influencers (Original post)
cinematicdiversions Apr 2021 OP
abqtommy Apr 2021 #1
calimary Apr 2021 #3
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2021 #2
crickets Apr 2021 #4
nuxvomica Apr 2021 #5
NoMoreRepugs Apr 2021 #6

Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 11:34 AM

1. Lock. Them. All. Up. And all the vaccine deniers too!

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 12:23 PM

3. And lock them out of Twitter and other social media vehicles

that would allow for the dissemination of UNTRUTH (also known as LIES. Or, another word that applies equally accurately: FALSEHOODS).

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 12:22 PM

2. These "giants" allow the spread of way too much misinformation of all kinds.

One campaign almost cost Americans their country, and this one could kill hundreds of thousands.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 12:56 PM

4. Good. The critique of lax policy enforcement methods is also key.

It's not enough to flag or block this single tweet here and that random FB post there. Facebook and Twitter are absolutely capable of tracking the main sources of repeated disinformation. Nonprofits like the Center for Countering Digital Hate shouldn't have to do that work for them. Root out the sources and ban their accounts, multiple accounts in some cases. Just do it.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 12:57 PM

5. Should be 13. I didn't see Thomas McInerny on the list.

Some video with him holding forth convinced my sister that the mRNA vaccines will alter your DNA.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_McInerney

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Original post)

Mon Apr 19, 2021, 01:05 PM

6. Social media misinformation is a true blight on society.

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