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Photo: Activists at Facebook’s headquarters in Washington, DC [the Real Facebook Oversight Board] Placing body bags and calling for Facebook to quit misinformation leading to Covid deaths on Wednesday, July. 28, 2021 in Washington. (Eric Kayne/AP Images for All the Citizens Ltd.) (AP)

Joe Biden might want to think about reversing then backpacks Accusing social media companies [Facebook] They are “killing people” by spreading vaccine and corruption plots. A unused study suggests that Facebook news consumers are not overly prepared to get a covid-19 vaccine.

Facebook responded to President Biden’s comment earlier this month with a Blog post and study From the Delphi Collection at Carnegie Mellon University. It reported that among the millions of Facebook users, 85% of users residing in the United States have either been vaccinated or are planning to be vaccinated. “President Biden’s goal was to have 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4th,” “Facebook is no reason to miss that goal.” Biden later clearer Misinformation kills people.

But the study did not take into account people who consume news through Facebook, which could expose them to the massive disinformation factory and target them with content that Facebook thinks will get the most engagement. The unused study of this user group pushes Facebook away from its lofty capacity.

Researchers from many universities specialize in various fields related to public health and political science, to survey 20,669 people from all 50 states and the capital, between June and July 2021. They found that 25% of people who only received news from Facebook in the former 24 hours said they would not be vaccinated, which puts it below Only Newsmax (41%) and slightly overhead Fox (23%).

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An alarmingly big part of people got their news (“news”) through Facebook. About a third (31%) consumed news from Facebook in the former 24 hours, making Facebook the second largest news provider following CNN. The researchers did not identify Facebook “news,” which can range from anything from user-generated content to Tucker Carlson to the New York Times.

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As researcher David Lazer, professor of political science and computer science at Northeastern University, points out to Gizmodo, Facebook’s numbers simply correspond to the overall demographic data. No. 85%, according to the threshold [the Delphi Group] used, roughly match our numbers for the general population for being “likely to be ‘vaccinated’,” he wrote. “In fact, most surveys have found that about 15% of the population are really stringent and say they will never get vaccinated.”

Facebook and Delphi numbers (including people likely to be vaccinated) gel with CDC Transfer Nearly 70% of the adult population in the United States has received at fewest one dose of the vaccine and the Kaiser Family Foundation find it 16% of the US population does not plan to get vaccinated unless forced to. Facebook’s estimate matches 85% of users who have been vaccinated or would like to have it.

Facebook could clean up the site, and, a year ago, activists and researchers told it about the culprits. And if she really wants to blame users, she might quit computationally recommending the most “attractive” content, whether it’s from Ben Shapiro or Aunt Charlene. Facebook will never be competent to say that it has done everything it can to combat misinformation as lengthy as it continues to recommend content as a commercial practice. March 2021 Transfer By the Center for Combating Digital Hate it was found that 73% of misinformation regarding vaccines originated from just a dozen people. Today, Real Facebook Oversight group activist Support These findings along with a report that more than 83% of the posts with the most engagement during the quarter came from five disinformation publishers.

That group also dropped a bunch of body bags on the Facebook door this morning, pictured overhead. Facebook Policy Communications Director, Andy Stone chirp They are out for “cheap stunts” and are linked to a no-nonsense blog post stating that 85% of Facebook users in the US have been vaccinated.

There is no way repair That people are dying precisely because of bits of information they read on Facebook, but linking a source of raw vaccine misinformation to death is not an overstatement. As covid-19 infection rates double and triple, especially in countries with Pallet vaccination rates Like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, we’re reading Daily Reports Who suffer? Who wished they had been vaccinated on their deathbed. the doctors begging With the public to reconsider.

The priest said to the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant Fox News Branch He regretted believing misinformation following the death row. A 27-year-old man who had a grave condition said He thought He didn’t need the vaccine because he was young and fit. Or could she expire? Tell It has allowed disinformation publishers to influence it with government conspiracy theories. unhappy mother narrated Her dying 28-year-old son’s words to The Washington Post: “This isn’t a hoax, it’s real.”

Facebook has historically chosen to sweep criticism under the rug with extensive statistics on disinformation removed, number of moderators, and pledges to change and add ratings, but none of that translates into real responsibility as a leading news source.

So Facebook’s laissez-faire attitude came to the time when the executive branch intervened. Earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Reporters That, well, the Biden administration will do. She said they were tracking misinformation about the COVID-19 virus on Facebook and making a series of recommendations to the company, and days later, Facebook told Biden. Stop “pointing fingers”.

Update 7/28/2021 2:15 PM ET: Facebook responded to Gizmodo’s request for comment, calling the study on Facebook news users “exaggerated” and “exaggerated.” They claimed that his method of asking respondents where their news came from in the former 24 hours does not reflect general trends, and that Facebook’s set of surveys for all users is the right framework.

“[W]They claim that “Facebook users” are a “subjective, unrepresentative subset of the Facebook population,” they wrote. The authors claim that people who rely on Facebook for news and information about the coronavirus are less likely to be vaccinated than the average American. But this is not true without describing a sample Representative US population, Facebook users, or dependence measure rather than self-reported exposure over a short period of time.”


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