Facebook is not thrilled with President Biden’s claim that she and other social networks are “killing people“by allowing the spread of misinformation COVID-19. Social media firm published refuting allegations, using data suggesting that something other than Facebook is responsible for slowing vaccination rates and increasing cases.
The company noted that vaccine acceptance in user surveys rose from 70 percent in January 2021 to as much as 85 percent in July, and that differences in cultural groups “dropped” significantly over the same period. That was before Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July – a sign to Facebook that the company was “not a reason” for the United States not to achieve that goal.
Facebook added that Canada and the UK had a higher vaccination rate despite using the social network approximately as much as their American counterparts. U.S. results have “more than Facebook,” the company said. He also pointed out his efforts to promote both correct claims and fight lies, including use misinformation labels, reduced exposure and removal.
The internet giant has not tried to find an alternative explanation for American troubles. Some observers are pointed to a possible link between political affiliation and vaccination rates, but Facebook didn’t even hint at that in its refutation.
That is not a flawless argument. Facebook is trying to draw a link between its survey data and the entire U.S., which doesn’t make a neat and orderly comparison. The company also did not share estimates of how much COVID-19 misinformation it slipped through the cracks. The social side has a strong incentive to diminish its possible contribution to a given problem previous appeals that he did not do enough to stop the disinformation campaign.
At the same time, the data is shifting attention to the Biden administration – it may need to provide more meaningful data if it shows that health misinformation is on social networks like Facebook the main threat, as the U.S. General Surgeon recently said. If nothing else, it suggests that the answer is complex, no matter how responsible Facebook is.
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