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Misinformation about the virus and vaccines has spread on platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
President Joe Biden has said that social media companies are “killing people” by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines.
Biden’s comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a threat to public health and as US officials advised that deaths and serious illness from the virus are almost entirely preventable because of the vaccines.
Biden, asked if he had a message for platforms like Facebook where false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines has spread, told reporters on Friday: “They’re killing people.”
“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” he said.
Speaking on Thursday, Murthy said misinformation about COVID-19, deemed an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO), was deadly.
“Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health,” Murthy said during remarks on Thursday at the White House. “We must confront misinformation as a nation. Lives are depending on it.”
Given the role the internet plays in spreading health misinformation, Murthy said technology companies and social media platforms must make meaningful changes to their products and software to reduce the spread of false information while increasing access to authoritative, fact-based sources.
Too often, he said, the platforms are built in ways that encourage, not counter, the spread of misinformation.
“We are asking them to step up,” Murthy said. “We can’t wait longer for them to take aggressive action.”
Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever responded: “We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
Twitter posted on its platform, “As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves around the world, we’ll continue to do our part to elevate authoritative health information.”
We agree, @Surgeon_General. Combating health misinformation requires a whole-of-society approach. Thanks for your leadership.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves around the world, we’ll continue to do our part to elevate authoritative health information. https://t.co/cbAdqFHWHB https://t.co/NEldeu8OsQ
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) July 15, 2021
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is now the dominant strain worldwide, accompanied by a surge of deaths around the United States almost entirely among unvaccinated people, US officials said on Friday.
American cases of COVID-19 are up 70 percent over the previous week and deaths are up 26 percent, with outbreaks occurring in parts of the country with low vaccination rates.
Earlier on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also criticised Facebook.
“Obviously, there are steps they have taken. They’re a private-sector company,” Psaki told a White House briefing. “There are additional steps they can take. It’s clear that there are more that can be taken.”
On Thursday, she said the Biden administration was in regular contact with Facebook and was flagging problematic posts.
Psaki said 12 people were responsible for almost 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. The finding was reported in May by the Washington- and London-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate but Facebook has disputed the methodology.
“There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
That statistic is from the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which identified in a report published in March about a dozen people it said were super-spreaders of anti-vaccine misinformation.
The CCDH had at the time called on Facebook and Twitter to shut down all pages run by those people.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent figure in the anti-vaccine movement, is among the people whom the CCDH said should be kicked off social media.
Kennedy’s page on Facebook-owned Instagram was shut down earlier this year for sharing Covid-19 misinformation, Facebook said. However, Kennedy is still allowed on Facebook(FB) itself, and he has more than 300,000 followers on the platform.
Explaining why Kennedy was kicked off one of its platforms but not the other, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Thursday, “We don’t automatically disable accounts across our apps, because the accounts may post about different things on our different services.”
At the time the CCDH’s report was released in March, Kennedy told NPR that he had become more cautious on Facebook, which according to NPR he also accused of censorship. “I have to post, like, unicorns and kitty cat pictures on there,” he said.
The CCDH said Friday that 35 social media accounts tied to the people it identified have now been shut down, losing them 5.8 million followers, but 62 accounts with a total of 8.4 million followers are still active.
CNN reported Thursday that meetings between the Biden administration and Facebook have grown “tense,” according to a person familiar with the conversations.
The person pointed specifically to Kennedy’s still-active Facebook account as an example of what some White House officials view as Facebook’s inaction regarding Covid-19 misinformation.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Friday the company had shut down some pages and groups belonging to the dozen or so people identified by the CCDH but would not say what pages.
A spokesperson for Twitter(TWTR) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wear The Peace is bringing out the humanity in fashion through a unique blend of political- and brand-focused posts on social media.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Wear The Peace is saying no to companies’ traditional avoidance of political language and is bringing out the humanity in fashion through a unique blend of political- and brand-focused posts on social media.
Mission-based clothing brand Wear The Peace is one of a few catalysts leading a new movement that involves the blending of activism and consumerism. As a fully e-commerce brand, their presence and marketing lives almost exclusively online through social media, their website, and their newsletter. On Wear The Peace’s Instagram, where they’ve gathered over 250,000 followers, it is not uncommon to see more political posts than promotional ones. In a recent campaign, Wear The Peace released a collection of sterling silver necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Every item purchased from this collection provides an entire week’s worth of meals for a refugee in Yemen or Syria through Pious Projects, with nearly 100 items sold so far.
Some other brands have elicited similar strategies in their marketing, most notably Chnge, a clothing brand well known for its trendy clothes as well as its contributions to charities and vocal political messaging. These brands meet the desire of Gen Z and Millenials to be vocal about their political opinions as well as a current day rejection of fast and unethical fashion. This development in the zeitgeist is a testimony to the growing popularity of social media activism where people are speaking up more than ever before, and brands like Wear The Peace are seizing that opportunity to bring more attention to pressing issues as well as to drive sales to increase the amount of revenue and clothing they’re able to donate to these issues.
It’s not uncommon for other companies – especially companies that are not inherently political – to avoid explicitly political messaging in their marketing for fear of ostracizing and turning away potential customers. But Wear The Peace is taking the opposite approach and gaining a uniquely engaged customer base as a result. “We want to change the ‘old ways’ of leaving politics out of the conversation, we want to be the voice for the voiceless and spread awareness to the atrocities that are happening every day around the world” says Mustafa Mabruk, one of two co-founders who started Wear The Peace during their time at Northeastern Illinois.
Nearly everything about Wear The Peace’s business strategy seems counterintuitive from a marketing perspective – promoting other organizations to donate to on their website, donating 100% of the profits from certain collections, taking strong and vocal stances on divided political issues – but the response they’re getting from customers is proving that the days of separating politics from life are coming to an end. They refer to their products as “walking activism” for the customers who sport their clothing displaying messages of peace and humanity.
“That’s why our brand is different, we consistently remind and educate people of what’s going on all around the world, whether it be the famines, water droughts, oppression, war, or child labor that produces our phone’s batteries. We want people to care and start the conversation on how we’re collectively going to fix this.” – Murad Nofal, Cofounder
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Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has spoken out for the first time since missing the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday. Following the Wembley showdown, Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho received a torrent of abuse on social media and have now all responded.
In an emotional statement across his social media accounts, Saka has thanked the masses of well-wishers for the support after his final heartbreak.
The 19-year-old also sent out a clear message to social media giants Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, urging them to do more to prevent the abuse he, Sancho and Rashford received on the back of Sunday’s clash.
He said: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.
“This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.
“It was an honour to be part of an @England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.
“To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given up to help me get there, that meant everything to me.
“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.
“My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this.. I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.
“For those who have campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well – I’m so thankful. This is what football should be about.
“Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy of the rollercoaster of football.
“To the social media platforms @instagram @twitter @facebook I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me Marcus and Jadon have received this week.
“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.