According to industry experts, most of the fake news to discredit the Covid-19 vaccination comes from a small group of people – for example, in the United States, there are said to be only 12!
Stopping misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines is not at all as difficult as social media tries to portray it, because as it just turns out it would be enough to block a dozen or so Twitter and Facebook accounts. That’s according to a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and Anti-Vax Watch, which found that 12 people are responsible for 73% of disinformation on Facebook and 17% on Twitter. At the same time, the accounts responsible for spreading this fake news have somehow avoided being banned so far, although Twitter and Facebook assure that they have been doing their best in recent months to cut down on misinformation about vaccinations that could have dire consequences.
One perfect example is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (nephew of former President John F. Kennedy), who has long been one of the most prominent anti-vaccine activists on social media-his Instagram account was banned in February, but his Twitter and Facebook accounts work just fine. As well as several other people mentioned in the report, who remain active on all 3 platforms, meanwhile, according to the researchers, blocking them would be enough to significantly curb misinformation. Unfortunately, the people involved do not agree with this and a Facebook spokeswoman directly disagrees with the report’s methodology.
– Working with leading health organizations, we’ve updated our policies to respond to accounts that break our rules on the topic of Covid-19 and vaccines-including reducing their distribution or removing them from our platform-we’ve already taken action against some of the groups in this report. But research shows that the best way to combat vaccine skepticism is to connect people with credible information from health experts, so we’ve connected 2 billion people with health authorities, including through the COVID-19 Information Center, he explains.
And as for Twitter, its spokesperson reported that its Covid-19 misinformation policy applies to all users, but they have no intention of taking action on every piece of misinformation and are removing those that actually cause harm: – Since the introduction of our Covid-19 guide last year, we have removed 22,400 posts and challenged 11.7 million accounts worldwide. The question is, is this really all that could be done?