Democrats Pressure Facebook, Twitter To Take Down 12 Vaccine Skeptics

Two Democratic lawmakers are asking Facebook and Twitter to take action against users on their respective platforms who have been accused of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines.

The story: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) penned a letter to Twitter and Facebook to bring attention to 12 people who have been identified as vaccine misinformation spreaders by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. The letter asks the companies to delete the highlighted accounts after pointing out that according to the CCDH they’re responsible for 65% of the misinformation about vaccines.

The letter accuses Facebook and Twitter of failing to stop the spread of vaccine misinformation online, despite its pandemic-related policies. Klobuchar and Luján write that the companies don’t take action even as these users repeatedly break their rules.

“Most Americans want to get vaccinated. Across all ages, ethnicities, and races. No matter where they live. However, vaccine hesitancy remains a large threat to public health. A recent poll found that nearly 1 in 4 Americans said they will not get the coronavirus vaccine,” the letter, obtained by Reclaim The Net, reads.

The Democratic lawmakers urged Twitter and Facebook to remove the accounts flagged by the CCDH to prevent them from eroding public trust’s in the vaccines’ efficiency.

“We must urgently work to ensure Americans receive accurate and reliable information about coronavirus vaccines. A crucial step to increase vaccine confidence is to address primary spreaders of this vaccine disinformation, including the twelve accounts — referred to as the ‘Disinformation Dozen’ and are responsible for a majority of disinformation — in a swift and decisive manner,” Klobuchar and Luján.

They went on to ask several questions, including about their “specific standards for removing accounts that repeatedly violate your policies on vaccine misinformation.”

“As we continue to distribute and administer vaccines across the country, your platforms must step up and take action against people that are spreading content that can harm the health of Americans,” the lawmakers reiterated.

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