COVID 19 Tech

How much COVID misinformation is on Facebook? Its execs don’t want to know

Enlarge (credit: KJ Parish) For years, misinformation has flourished on Facebook. Falsehoods, misrepresentations, and outright lies posted on the site have shaped the discourse on everything from national politics to public health. But despite their role in facilitating communications for billions of people, Facebook executives refused to commit resources to understand the extent to which […]

COVID 19 Tech

Biden blasts social media after Facebook stonewalls admin over vaccine misinformation

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Pool ) President Joe Joe biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spent the last several days hammering social media companies for their platforms’ roles in spreading false information about COVID-19 vaccines. “They’re killing people, ” Biden said, when asked about the role of social networks in the spread of misinformation. […]

COVID 19 France Tech

Russia tried to spread dangerous lies about Pfizer vaccine, France suspects

Enlarge / The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) French authorities are investigating whether the Russian government is behind an effort to spread dangerous lies about Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of a disinformation campaign peddled to French bloggers and influencers. In recent days, several French influencers have […]