Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) told the Big Tech heads, “We write to express our concern about the public health ramifications of online coronavirus vaccine disinformation and to urge you to remove the accounts that have been identified by experts as responsible for producing the majority of this disinformation on social media platforms.”
“A recent report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) identified a dozen specific content producers as the original sources of an estimated 65 percent of coronavirus disinformation online,” the Democrat senators continued.
“Websites and accounts maintained by these content producers host a high volume of content that contains vaccine disinformation, which is ultimately posted and shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Quite troublingly, some of this content targets Black and Latino communities with tailored anti-vaccine messages.”
The letter also stated, “For too long, social media platforms have failed to adequately protect Americans by not taking sufficient action to prevent the spread of vaccine disinformation online. Despite your policies intended to prevent vaccine disinformation, many of these accounts continue to post content that reach millions of users, repeatedly violating your policies with impunity.”
The CCDH report Klobuchar and Luján cited in their letter lists each problematic influencer by name along with a bio and which social media accounts are still active.
For example, the page for frequent Infowars guest Dr. Sherri Tenpenny notes that her Facebook is “Part Removed,” while her Twitter and Instagram pages remain “Active.”
The report claims Tenpenny “spreads anti-vaccine sentiment and false claims about the safety and efficacy of masks via her social media channels,” before providing a sample of a post allegedly violating Facebook’s policies.