Dem Sen Calls On Twitter, Facebook To Curb Vaccine-Skeptic Conversations

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is pushing Facebook and Twitter to crack down on vaccine skeptics who have targeted pregnant women that have received a coronavirus vaccine.

How we got here: The Daily Beast published a story last week that claimed users on Facebook and Twitter, who do not believe that coronavirus vaccines are safe, have been harassing pregnant women and those who had miscarried. The skeptics argued that the vaccine was responsible for the miscarriage or that it would hurt the baby.

The report also said that there are entire anti-vaccine campaigns that focus on the alleged effects of the vaccine on pregnant women.

Both the Center for Disease and Control and the World Health Organization say there isn’t evidence that would suggest it is riskier for pregnant women to get vaccinated.

Blumenthal responded to the report by sending letters to Facebook and Twitter, asking the companies to ramp up their efforts in cutting down the spread of misinformation about the effects of the coronavirus vaccine.

In the letters, he called on the tech giants to honor their promises to remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation, citing The Daily Beast report. Blumenthal also criticized the companies, saying they have failed to timely and properly respond to similar disinformation efforts on their platforms.

“Time and again, Facebook and its peers have moved far too slow in responding to the targeted harassment and promotion of destructive conspiracy theories against women and people of color,” the Senator wrote. “…if [Twitter, Facebook] fails to follow through on these policies with real enforcement, then these destructive campaigns of disinformation will continue – with catastrophic costs for children’s lives and to public health.”

Blumenthal listed outlined several questions for the companies, such as details about their rules and enforcement strategy related to this issue. He specifically called out Twitter and Facebook for not deleted the accounts mentioned in The Daily Beast piece.

Worth noting: The letters come after both Twitter and Facebook have intensified their crackdown on misinformation related to the coronavirus vaccines.

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