A group of 12 Democratic state attorneys general is demanding that Facebook and Twitter ramp up censorship of vaccine skepticism.
The story: The coalition of attorneys general sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling on the companies to take action against “anti-vaxxers” on their respective platforms. The letter was penned by Connecticut’s attorney general William Tong and signed by 11 other attorneys general, including New York attorney general Letitia James.
The letter argues that “anti-vaxxers” on Facebook and Twitter are reaching a significant number of users on the platforms and can sway their opinion on vaccination.
“As safe and effective vaccines become available, the end of this pandemic is in sight. This end, however, depends on the widespread acceptance of these vaccines as safe and effective. Unfortunately, misinformation disseminated via your platforms has increased vaccine hesitancy, which will slow economic recovery and, more importantly, ultimately cause even more unnecessary deaths. A small group of individuals use your platforms to downplay the dangers of COVID-19 and spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines,” the letter reads.
The letter claimed that “anti-vaxxers” are targeting minorities “whose vaccination rates are lagging” and praised Facebook and Twitter’s rules about vaccine misinformation. However, the attorneys general wrote, the companies have failed to enforce them.
They said Facebook and Twitter should remove the accounts of all “prominent ‘anti-vaxxers’ who have repeatedly violated the companies’ terms of service, and criticized Facebook for not placing misinformation labels on pages focused on the coronavirus pandemic or the vaccines.
“At the same time, the company has mistakenly flagged pro-vaccine pages and content in ways that have undermined pro-vaccine public education efforts,” the letter notes.
The attorneys general also argued that Facebook is allowing debunked misinformation from “anti-vaxxers” and the company has not properly reprimanded them by banning them from streaming on the platform.
“We call on you to take immediate steps to fully enforce your companies’ guidelines against vaccine misinformation. By effectively rooting out fraudulent information about coronavirus vaccines, you can prevent needless illness and death and hasten our road to recovery,” the letter concludes.
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