White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday that it has asked Facebook to share information about the reach and engagement of content deemed disinformation surrounding public health, according to The Daily Caller.
Psaki told reporters that they are working to “flag disinformation” about vaccines and requesting that Facebook share the data itself, the reach and the engagement of the social media posts.
According to another Senior Biden administration official, the COVID-19 team is seeking to specifically target information regarding coronavirus vaccines and the pandemic and the administration is keeping “in regular touch” with social media platforms.
“Facebook should provide, publicly and transparently, data on the reach of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, not just engagement, but the reach of the misinformation and the audience that it’s reaching,” Psaki said.
“That will help us ensure we’re getting accurate information to people. This should be provided not just to researchers but to the public so that the public knows and understands what is accurate and inaccurate.”
The administration is looking for Facebook to “create a robust enforcement strategy that bridges their properties and provides transparency about the rules,” to take “faster action against harmful posts,” and to promote “quality information sources in their feed algorithm,” according to DCNF’s report.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 15, 2021
In a troublingly specific comment that gives a look into the type of information being gathered the press secretary noted that the administration knows who is producing the “disinformation” as well as their status on Facebook and other social media:
“There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” Psaki said. “All of them remain active on Facebook, despite some even being banned on other platforms, including Facebook, ones that Facebook owns.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation about their partnership with the White House, however, the social media giant is one of the platforms that surpassed content circulating among users that the COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab, despite evidence to support it.