State reports call on Facebook and Twitter to address misinformation about vaccines

THURSDAY, March 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Facebook and Twitter should “take immediate steps” against vaccine misinformation as efforts are underway to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, 12 state attorneys said in a letter to the two companies.

Officials called on Facebook and Twitter to “identify and enforce” their terms of service to reduce misleading information about vaccines, CBS News reported.

“A small group of individuals use your platforms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and spread misinformation about vaccine safety,” the attorneys wrote. “These individuals lack medical expertise and are often motivated by financial interests.”

Attorneys general in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Virginia signed the letter, CBS News reported.

Anti-vaxxer accounts on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, the group said, citing a recent report by the Center for Combating Digital Hate. Advocates-General added that social media vaccine bills target individuals living in black, and especially black communities, which are more affected by the virus and whose vaccination rates lag behind other groups, CBS News reported.

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