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Facebook Is Designed to Spread Covid Misinformation

Posted On: Sep 22, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

The Biden administration went to war with Facebook late last week, blaming it for the persistent and dangerous anti-vax sentiment gripping a significant chunk of the country. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy blamed “technology platforms” for spreading misinformation, while White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called for more strident social media policies, saying, “You shouldn't be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation.” The president himself was even more direct, saying on Friday that Facebook is “killing people,” and rather than walking that back, the White House doubled down, telling Fox News , “They've been withholding information on what the rules are, what they have put in place to prevent dangerous misinformation from spreading, how they measure whether it's working.” (On Monday, President Joe Biden said that his comments shouldn't be taken literally and were meant to inspire action against misinformation.) These concerns about misinformation seem justified given the...

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