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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Klobuchar, Luján Ask Facebook, Twitter About Vaccine Misinformation

Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and Ben Ray Luján (D., N.M.) have urged Facebook, Inc., Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter, Inc., CEO Jack Dorsey to remove from their platforms the accounts of 12 content producers identified by the Center for Countering Digital Hate as the sources of 65% of online coronavirus vaccine disinformation.

"Websites and accounts maintained by these content producers host a high volume of content that contains vaccine disinformation, which is ultimately posted and shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Quite troublingly, some of this content targets Black and Latino communities with tailored anti-vaccine messages," the lawmakers wrote.

"Despite your policies intended to prevent vaccine disinformation, many of these accounts continue to post content that reach millions of users, repeatedly violating your policies with impunity," they added.

Sens. Klobuchar and Luján asked a series of questions, including whether the companies were aware of these 12 sources of misinformation about the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines, what their standards are for removing accounts that repeatedly violate the platforms’ policies on vaccine misinformation, and whether the content from the 12 sources specifically referenced violate those policies.

They also asked, "Who at your company is responsible for (a) setting vaccine disinformation policies and (b) enforcing those policies? Please provide specific name(s)."

Finally, the senators asked, "How are you ensuring your content moderation policies are effective for rural, minority, and non-English communities? Please provide proof of investment in these programs in terms of resource allocation, specific data on campaign efficacy, and number of full & contract level employees allocated exclusively to those efforts."

They asked for responses by April 29. —Lynn Stanton, [email protected]

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