1/ You know, the more I read about all this misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines, the more I actually think @Facebook is doing a pretty good job addressing it. And I think folks still blaming them for vaccine hesitancy are missing the plot.
2/ I'm not one to defend Facebook. I have plenty of issues with them as a corporation, their role in the news industry's demise, Zuck as a person, etc. But...
3/ I found the company’s blog post responding to the Biden administration pretty damn compelling. 85% of its U.S. users have been or want to be vaccinated. It’s literally facilitating vaccinations with guides to get people the shot. about.fb.com/news/2021/07/s…
4/ The U.S. Surgeon General made 8 recs on how tech companies could help slow down misinformation and spread "better" info about the shots. FB has laid out how it took action on all 8 recs: about.fb.com/wp-content/upl…
5/ Anecdotally, if I sign into FB and see a post about vaccines, nearly all of them are tagged with links to get more info from WHO or CDC, all of which ends up funneling people into actually going to get vaccinated. I imagine that alone has outweighed a lot of the harm done.
6/ I understand this stuff is still rampant. It’s tough to stop a bunch of yoga groups or diehard Trump groups from posting stuff about microchips and Bill Gates. Even with the best algorithms in the world, you can't just ban every user who steps on a third rail (and shouldn't)
7/ But for a company getting blasted in such certain terms for how it's slowing our recovery from the pandemic, Facebook seems to be doing a LOT more than its contemporaries to address vaccine misinformation.
END/ I know it feels stiff to say "Facebook is good" but I honestly think Facebook is doing a pretty good job addressing this mess. Some responsibility has to be left in the hands of users/propagandists and FB seems to be smartly adding benefits where it can.
I'm covering this today in Tangle (newsletter out at 12pm EST), but for now I'll just say: FB could be doing more good than harm and I do NOT want them collabing with the Biden admin on identifying "misinformation" in any capacity readtangle.com

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