July 18, 2021
The 'COVID Misinformation' Train Wreck
By Michael Applebaum, MD
One cannot avert one’s eyes from witnessing a catastrophe, e.g., a train wreck, or so it is popularly said. But train wrecks cease being entertaining when you are on the train.
But for the fact that we are on the Government-Big Tech train wreck, it would be popcorn time.
White House officials are notifying Facebook about posts that allegedly spread COVID-19 misinformation as part of efforts by President Joe Biden's administration to combat what U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy described as "an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health."
Murthy and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki discussed their efforts as part of a "new campaign" to fight virus-related misinformation. An advisory recently published by Murthy's office details steps that tech outlets, private citizens, local governments, and media outlets can take to battle misinformation when they come across it.
Psaki said part of the Biden administration's new campaign involves asking social media companies to be more active in combatting misinformation and to share the results of their efforts publicly.