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Lying About 'Misinformation' To Justify Tyranny
« on: July 21, 2021, 06:36:53 AM »


This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: "They're killing people -- I mean, they're really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people." Meanwhile, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said that Facebook had not stopped misinformation thoroughly enough on its platform, calling misinformation a "serious threat to public health."

None of this is accurate. Facebook is, first of all, a platform; it is not a publication with the same responsibilities of editorial oversight as a publisher. To treat Facebook as such would be to transform its purpose. Furthermore, on a purely factual level, it is simply untrue that Facebook users are disproportionately likely to avoid vaccination -- in fact, according to Facebook's statistics, vaccine acceptance in the United States among their users now stands between 80% and 85%, and 3.3 million Americans have used their vaccine finder tool to seek a location for a vaccine.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/07/21/lying_about_misinformation_to_justify_tyranny_146117.html

« Last Edit: July 21, 2021, 06:38:05 AM by Free Vulcan »
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Re: Lying About 'Misinformation' To Justify Tyranny
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 07:17:41 AM »
All authoritarians/totalitarians do this.  It is one of the defining characteristics of a tyrant.

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Re: Lying About 'Misinformation' To Justify Tyranny
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 08:11:25 AM »
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Facebook is, first of all, a platform; it is not a publication with the same responsibilities of editorial oversight as a publisher. To treat Facebook as such would be to transform its purpose.
Except Facebook does control content, acting exactly like a publisher - not a platform. Otherwise, why would it ban people for what they say and cover up posts with phony "fact checking"?
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