COVID Hesitancy and Facebook Censorship

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It’s true that social media sites can be a breeding ground for false and inaccurate information. It’s also true that the social media conglomerate, Facebook, seeks to push popular political agendas by flagging and/or removing content it deems inaccurate, dangerous, or misaligned with the mainstream political flavors of the day.

In a recent article published by The Federalist, a cited Project Veritas report reveals Facebook’s use of algorithms to determine varying levels of “vaccine hesitancy” in content posted by its users. Facebook Data Technician Morgan Kahmann leaked documents that shows Facebook’s censorship of vaccine concerns is being actively applied on a global scale across its platform.

Comments and content alluding to vaccine hesitancy “are divided into multiple tiers with labels such as “Indirect Vaccine Discouragement,” “Alarmism & Criticism,” and “Borderline Vaccine (BV) Framework” and matched with certain levels of censorship carried out by Facebook.”

Since his suspension and removal from his position, Kahmann has also alleged that Facebook purposely withheld this censorship policy from its users.

The social media giant’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged in March to engage in a “global campaign to help bring 50 million people a step closer to getting Covid-19 vaccines.”

The March announcement noted efforts to enable people to locate vaccination centers as well as the addition of labels to Facebook posts and comments with information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

To help people obtain “credible information” and “get vaccinated,” Facebook stated they’d be “working closely with national and global health authorities and using our scale to reach people quickly.”

Following Facebook’s removal of President Trump from its platform earlier this year, it should come as no surprise that the social media site regularly engages in censorship of content.

However, the proposed partnership with national and global health authorities and the suppression of information among users are both reasons for alarm. It’s one thing to discourage the spread of false information. It’s quite another to suppress or entirely remove information that does not align with a certain agenda.

 

Source: https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/28/report-facebook-is-censoring-covid-19-vaccine-hesitancy/

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