By Donie O’Sullivan | CNN
The White Household turned up the stress on Silicon Valley to get a handle on vaccine misinformation Thursday, precisely singling out 12 persons one team dubbed the “disinformation dozen,” declaring they were accountable for a fantastic deal of misinformation about Covid-19.
“There’s about 12 men and women who are generating 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
That statistic is from the nonprofit Heart for Countering Electronic Detest (CCDH) which identified in a report published in March about a dozen men and women it claimed ended up super-spreaders of anti-vaccine misinformation.
The CCDH experienced at the time termed on Fb and Twitter to shut down all internet pages run by those people persons.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a notable determine in the anti-vaccine movement, is among the the people whom the CCDH reported really should be kicked off social media.
Kennedy’s web site on Facebook-owned Instagram was shut down earlier this 12 months for sharing Covid-19 misinformation, Fb reported. Nonetheless, Kennedy is nevertheless permitted on Facebook itself, and he has far more than 300,000 followers on the system.
Describing why Kennedy was kicked off a person of its platforms but not the other, a Facebook spokesperson explained to CNN Thursday, “We really don’t instantly disable accounts throughout our apps, due to the fact the accounts may post about unique matters on our distinctive solutions.”
At the time the CCDH’s report was launched in March, Kennedy instructed NPR that he experienced grow to be more cautious on Facebook, which in accordance to NPR he also accused of censorship. “I have to post, like, unicorns and kitty cat photos on there,” he mentioned.
The CCDH said Friday that 35 social media accounts tied to the persons it determined have now been shut down, getting rid of them 5.8 million followers, but 62 accounts with a whole of 8.4 million followers are however active.
CNN claimed Thursday that conferences between the Biden administration and Facebook have developed “tense,” according to a particular person common with the conversations.
The human being pointed specially to Kennedy’s still-energetic Facebook account as an illustration of what some White House officials check out as Facebook’s inaction relating to Covid-19 misinformation.
A Fb spokesperson explained to CNN Friday the business had shut down some web pages and groups belonging to the dozen or so folks recognized by the CCDH but would not say what webpages.
A spokesperson for Twitter did not promptly react to a request for remark.