The Biden administration has been “flagging” content for Facebook to remove, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. The Office of the Surgeon General has upped its tracking of “disinformation” related to the coronavirus pandemic on social media platforms, the press secretary said during a press briefing.
“We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation. We’re working with doctors and medical experts…who are popular with their audience with accurate information,” she said. “So, we’re helping get trusted content out there.”
The Surgeon General’s office issued a new report Wednesday titled, “Confronting Health Misinformation,” that makes recommendations for social media platforms to “impose clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate platform policies.” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy during the Thursday briefing said misinformation is a public health threat.
“Surgeon General advisories are [usually] reserved for urgent public health threats,” he said. “And while those threats have often been related to what we eat, drink, & smoke, today we live in a world where misinformation poses an imminent & insidious threat to our nation’s health.” READ MORE