mark zuckerberg, covid vaccine, social media, facebook, vaccine

The attorneys general of 14 U.S. states sent a letter to Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company.
The line of inquiry was generated after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen used internal documents to disclose that the social media platform has built a system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules.
In the letter, which was sent on Wednesday, the 14 Democratic attorneys general said they are "extremely concerned" with recent reports that Facebook maintained lists of members who have received special treatment, and want to know if the "Disinformation Dozen" were part of those lists.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate describes the "Disinformation Dozen" as 12 anti-vaxxers who are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms.
Facebook spokesman Alex Burgos pointed to earlier comments by the company that it had removed over three dozen pages, groups and Facebook or Instagram accounts linked to those 12 people, including at least one linked to each of the 12, for violating its policies. It has also applied penalties to some of their website domains.
COVID-19 disinformation has proliferated during the pandemic on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's YouTube. Researchers and lawmakers have long accused Facebook of failing to police harmful content on its platforms.
In July, President Joe Biden said social media platforms like Facebook "are killing people" for allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform.
Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, left the nearly $1 trillion company with tens of thousands of confidential documents and has called for transparency about how Facebook entices users to keep scrolling, creating ample opportunity for advertisers to reach them.
The letter was sent by the attorneys general of Connecticut, California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

Internet Explorer Channel Network


LATEST NEWS

NEWS RELATED

To add links to Instagram Stories you no longer need 10k followers; here's how it works

Instagram users for the longest time have asked for a feature to add links to a story. The feature was exclusive to people with a verified account or those who had more than 10,000 followers on the Facebook-owned platform. The feature has now been made available to all users worldwide.…

Read more: To add links to Instagram Stories you no longer need 10k followers; here's how it works

How Amazon may survive Apple privacy changes in digital ad business

Amazon.com is expected to emerge as a winner in the digital advertising arena, surviving Apple’s privacy changes better than rivals Facebook and Snap.The ecommerce giant’s vast trove of customer shopping data reduces its reliance on tracking info once provided by Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.Others including Alphabet Inc, which also…

Read more: How Amazon may survive Apple privacy changes in digital ad business

US consumer watchdog to review Big Tech data, promote lending competition

Chief consumer finance watchdog Rohit Chopra told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday his agency will review Big Tech’s impact on the flow of money in the economy as leading technology firms use real-time consumer payments systems that collect huge amounts of personal data.Chopra, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),…

Read more: US consumer watchdog to review Big Tech data, promote lending competition

Facebook employees told to preserve internal documents for legal reasons

Move comes amid increased scrutiny of the social networking giant's operations.

Read more: Facebook employees told to preserve internal documents for legal reasons

Facebook Gaming Has Surpassed YouTube Gaming in Views For the First Time Since Launch

(Photo : Pixabay/JESHOOTS-com) Gaming streaming Facebook Gaming has surpassed YouTube Gaming for the first time ever, as recent data showed that more people spend time on Facebook’s platform watching their favorite streamers. Facebook Gaming surpassed YouTube Gaming According to Streamlabs, which published its Q3 201 Live Streaming Industry Report on…

Read more: Facebook Gaming Has Surpassed YouTube Gaming in Views For the First Time Since Launch

Instagram's newest sticker mean you no longer need to say “link in bio”

Today, Instagram is eliminating the need for the “link in bio” refrain as it rolls out Stories links, allowing its users to link their followers to non-Instagram content directly. The move comes after a limited test earlier in the year that restricted the new feature to a select group of users.…

Read more: Instagram's newest sticker mean you no longer need to say “link in bio”

FTC reportedly investigating Facebook over disclosures about its internal research

The agency is exploring whether Facebook may have violated a 2019 settlement over privacy concerns, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Read more: FTC reportedly investigating Facebook over disclosures about its internal research

Privacy or policy? Why Facebook's crypto wallet Novi is facing resistance

The stablecoin market has grown exponentially over the last few months due to the numerous advantages blockchain-based versions of fiat currencies have. But, when Facebook launched its cryptocurrency wallet Novi using Paxos’ stablecoin, some United States senators were quick to oppose it. Are they concerned about user data or monetary…

Read more: Privacy or policy? Why Facebook's crypto wallet Novi is facing resistance

Oculus Quest 2 is a great game console. Can it be more?

YouTube, TikTok and Snap part of heated committee hearing

Fake Vaccine Passports Are Causing Widespread Problems In NSW, Australia

Best Android apps of 2021

Apple Almost Considered Removing Facebook, Instagram? New Leaked Documents Reveal FB Possibly Allows Maid Trades

What to watch today: Stock futures rise after S&P and Dow set new records

USB-C hardware security keys get cheaper with $29 YubiKey

Facebook froze as anti-vaccine comments swarmed users

OTHER NEWS