65% of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation spread by 12 people, report says

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When it comes to misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, the voices of a few reach a lot, study finds.

About 65% of misinformation about the vaccine that spreads on social media dates back to 12 people, the Center for Countering Digital Hate says in a recent report.

The nonprofit calls these 12 people the “disinformation dozen”.

“Our sample of anti-vaccine content was shared or posted to Facebook or Twitter a total of 812,000 times between February 1 and March 16, 2021, with 65% of that sample attributable to Disinformation Dozen,” the report states. center.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of that “dozen of disinformation,” as are husband and wife duo Ty and Charlene Bollinger, according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

“While some anti-vaccines identified by the CCDH have been removed from a single platform, comprehensive action has yet to be taken and most remain active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” the organization said. .

The center says “distorting repeat offenders” is the best way to prevent the spread of disinformation.

President Biden last week criticized the spread of false information on social media platforms such as Facebook.

“They’re killing people,” Biden said.

A day later, Facebook shared a blog post claiming it is taking action against disinformation, claiming it has removed 18 million of those cases since the start of the pandemic.

“Data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the United States have been or wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” read Saturday’s blog. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason that goal was missed.”

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, meanwhile, spoke out against the spread of false information Sunday during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

“All of us – including the media, including individuals, healthcare professionals – have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates,” he said.

Article by Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News.


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