Facebook should crack down on differences of opinion about the deadly disease, the Biden administration said.
The White House complained the internet company should enforce tighter controls on its social media platforms, especially when it comes to debate about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
President Joe Biden urged Facebook executives to filter out “problematic” posts that might spread “disinformation” about the pandemic.
“We are in regular touch with these social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 (CCP Virus) team,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “As Dr. [Vivek] Murthy conveyed this is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”
The remarks came as the highly virulent Delta strain rapidly brings countries to their knees even though many of them initially contained the virus.
Although the U.S. government generally considers experimental vaccines to be the primary defense against a future pandemic, it recently found immunization is sluggish across the general population. This could be due to weak confidence in vaccine safety.
To counter this, Biden recently proposed vaccines could be delivered door-to-door for each household. The president suggested the government could be “literally knocking on doors” to convince unvaccinated people to receive the jab.
The administration thinks more people will be immunized if Facebook more closely controls conversations that might undermine efforts to dispel fear about the vaccine’s potentially hazardous side-effects.
“We have increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office, [and] we are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” Psaki said. “It is important to take faster action against harmful posts … and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts.”
Since the CCP Virus first arrived in the United States different explanations about its origins have been swiftly dubbed as either “disinformation” or “conspiracy” theories. This was despite many of them being hypotheses that only needed more scientific scrutiny like the “lab-leak” theory.
However, Murphy insists allowing free online debate about different CCP Virus vaccines will only confuse the public.
“Misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health, and the health of our loved ones, during the CCP Virus pandemic,” he said in the statement. “Health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks in high-risk settings, … turn down proven treatments, and to choose not to get vaccinated–this has led to avoidable illnesses and deaths.”
BL understands most individuals already know medical advice from online sources should not be taken too seriously. In the face of an unprecedented worldwide emergency, experts have not been allowed enough time to fully study its origins.
Leaked emails from Anthony Fauci show even the chief medical adviser had mixed feelings about how to react to the pandemic. The New York Post revealed he often changed his mind, especially concerning face masks.
Medical experts have separately called for hydroxychloroquine and zinc to be officially recognized as alternative treatments and save more lives. Unfortunately, early encouraging information about these drugs has been vastly ignored despite expert recommendations and multiple real-life success stories.