Facebook and Twitter must do more to stop spread of disinformation about COVID vaccine, Attorney General Maura Healey says

By Matt Murphy | State House News Service | March 25, 2021

A group of attorneys general, including Attorney General Maura Healey, sent a letter to the heads of Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday accusing them of not doing enough to stop the spread of vaccine disinformation on their social media platforms.

The letter was sent a day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are expected to testify before two Congressional House subcommittees about social media’s role in promoting extremism and misinformation.

“Facebook and Twitter should be doing everything they can to help our nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated our communities and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people,” Healey said in a statement. “Instead, they are failing to prevent the spread of deadly lies from anti-vaxxers and undermining our efforts to effectively fight this virus.”

The letter was spearheaded by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, and it was signed by a dozen attorneys general.

The law enforcement leaders said Facebook and Twitter had failed to remove the accounts of prominent anti-vaccine advocates from all their platforms despite violations of the companies’ terms of service and were not consistently applying misinformation labels on posts.

“We call on you to take immediate steps to fully enforce your companies’ guidelines against vaccine misinformation. By effectively rooting out fraudulent information about coronavirus vaccines, you can prevent needless illness and death and hasten our road to recovery,” the attorneys general wrote.

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By Matt Murphy | State House News Service | March 25, 2021

A group of attorneys general, including Attorney General Maura Healey, sent a letter to the heads of Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday accusing them of not doing enough to stop the spread of vaccine disinformation on their social media platforms.

The letter was sent a day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are expected to testify before two Congressional House subcommittees about social media’s role in promoting extremism and misinformation.

“Facebook and Twitter should be doing everything they can to help our nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated our communities and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people,” Healey said in a statement. “Instead, they are failing to prevent the spread of deadly lies from anti-vaxxers and undermining our efforts to effectively fight this virus.”

The letter was spearheaded by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, and it was signed by a dozen attorneys general.

The law enforcement leaders said Facebook and Twitter had failed to remove the accounts of prominent anti-vaccine advocates from all their platforms despite violations of the companies’ terms of service and were not consistently applying misinformation labels on posts.

“We call on you to take immediate steps to fully enforce your companies’ guidelines against vaccine misinformation. By effectively rooting out fraudulent information about coronavirus vaccines, you can prevent needless illness and death and hasten our road to recovery,” the attorneys general wrote.

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