Students say social media users, not government, can determine COVID’s ‘misinformation’

Students say social media users, not government, can determine COVID’s ‘misinformation’

The comments came a day after the president, when asked for his message to platforms like Facebook perpetuating COVID misinformation, said: “They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.” “If I see a headline or if I see all these people saying this and this about the vaccine, I’m going to go look it up. I’m going to go do some research before I make a decision,” he said.  Earlier that day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki drew criticism after she said the Biden administration is in communication with Facebook to limit “misinformation” on the coronavirus and the vaccine shared on the platform. 

Chase Porter, a recent high school graduate, said he doesn’t “take everything on social media at face value.”  “It’s just kind of up to their own discretion whether they want it or not,” the student said. 

SURGEON GENERAL: FACEBOOK’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID MISINFORMATION ‘NOT ENOUGH’ A graduate student from the University of North Florida said they don’t think anyone takes Facebook posts as seriously as the Biden administration does.

Many of the attendees at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, which runs through Tuesday in Tampa, expressed alarm at the idea of the government censoring information online – even if it is wrong or misinformed. “I don’t think the federal government should intervene with any free speech. Just because even if it’s wrong information, the wrong information needs to get out there just so that everyone knows the right information,” Justin Mulligan told Fox News. “So, I don’t see a downside to letting everyone speak.”  CRUZ ACCUSES BIDEN OF BEING ‘IN BED’ WITH BIG TECH AMID VACCINE MISINFORMATION CONTROVERSY

“So we’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives, dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of social and traditional media,” Psaki said. “And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies,” Psaki said.
A vaccine being administered. 
(CDC)

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