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“President Joe Biden said [last] Friday that social media companies are ‘killing people’ by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines.” AP News
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated, “we are in regular touch with these social media platforms… We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” She also noted that “there’s about 12 people who are producing 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. All of them remain active on Facebook, despite some even being banned on other platforms, including Facebook — ones that Facebook owns.” White House
The left is deeply concerned about the spread of misinformation, particularly from right-wing media, and divided about the White House's comments.
A libertarian's take
“When a user shares something, it doesn’t necessarily mean he believes it, [researchers] note. It seems that he’s mostly trying to impress his followers and entertain them. Social media is, of course, optimized for engagement, not truth, and the impulse to be the first to tweet or retweet an item prevents many users from judging its accuracy beforehand. These findings counter the common view that we’ve entered a ‘post-truth’ vortex in which people don’t care whether something is true or not. Most people do care, but tweet garbage anyway…
“Instead of jawboning Facebook or accusing it of murder, the White House could consider asking, not commanding, social media companies to prod users into thinking before posting. Whatever strategies the White House ends up promoting to marginalize fake news—banning, ‘prebunking,’ suspending, blocking, labeling, nudging, tweaking the algorithms—we’ve got to accept that there will always be a contingent who delight in writing, reading and sharing blatantly untrue material… The best guideline would seem to be this: If you stumble across an incendiary tweet that could easily be translated into a Day-Glo circus poster, leave it alone.”
Jack Shafer, Politico