Thursday, July 29

Misinformation

Facebook, Misinformation, Science, Social Media, tech companies, Tech Insider

How JFK’s nephew became one of Facebook’s most prolific anti-vax misinformation spreaders

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the "disinformation dozen" spreading vaccine misinformation online. He cemented himself as a prominent anti-vaxxer long before the pandemic. Here's how the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy became an online anti-vax influencer. LoadingSomething is loading. A recent report found that most COVID-19 disinfo...
Algorithm, Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, Hackers, Misinformation, OpenAI, Social Media, Tech News, weekend BI US

A man used AI to bring back his deceased fiancé. But the creators of the tech warn it could be dangerous and used to spread misinformation.

A man used artificial intelligence (AI) to create a chatbot that mimicked his late fiancé. The groundbreaking AI technology was designed by Elon Musk's research group OpenAI. OpenAI has long warned that the technology could be used for mass information campaigns. LoadingSomething is loading. After Joshua Barbeau's fiancé passed away, he spok...
coronavirus, Facebook, Health, Healthcare, Misinformation, Politics, Social Media, Tech Insider, Vaccinations, Vivek Murthy, weekend BI US

Surgeon General doubles down on criticism of social media, says companies like Facebook need to’take responsibility’ for COVID-19 misinformation

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Sunday doubled down on his criticism of tech companies. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Murthy said companies "need to take responsibility" for the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Murthy last week issued a 22-page advisory declaring misinformation a threat to public health. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Anti-Vaxxers, Conspiracy Theorists, coronavirus, COVID-19, Facebook, Instagram, Misinformation, News UK, Science, Technology, Twitter, UK Weekend

Just 12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 conspiracy theories online, study finds. JFK’s anti-vaxxer nephew is one of the’disinformation dozen.’

12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 disinformation shared online, according to a new study. The CCDH found that 65% of anti-vaccine posts on Facebook and Twitter could be attributed to the "disinformation dozen." The disinformation dozen includes a bodybuilder, a wellness blogger, and JFK's nephew. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook, Joe Biden, Misinformation, Politics, Tech Insider, vaccine hesitancy, vaccine misinformation, White House

Facebook hit back at Biden, saying the White House is looking for’scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals’

President Biden said platforms like Facebook are "killing people" with vaccine misinformation. Facebook defended itself and said the White House was looking for "scapegoats." The White House failed to reach its goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Facebook, Joe Biden, Misinformation, Politics, Social Media, Tech Insider, Vaccines

President Biden’s message to Facebook: You’re’killing people’

Joe Biden said platforms like Facebook were "killing people" by spreading vaccine misinformation. "The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they're killing people," he said. "The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period," a Facebook spokesperson told Insider. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook, Misinformation, Politics, Social Media, Tech Insider, vaccination, White House

Jen Psaki rejects Fox News reporter Peter Doocy’s’loaded and inaccurate’ claim that the White House is’spying’ on Facebook profiles

Jen Psaki on Friday called a Fox News reporter's question "loaded and inaccurate." The reporter, Peter Doocy, had asked whether the White House was spying on Facebook accounts. Psaki rejected the claim, saying that the profiles are public. See more stories on Insider's business page. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday dismissed a Fox News reporter's claim that the Biden administration was "spying" on Facebook accounts that spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines."For how long has the administration been spying on people's Facebook profiles looking for vaccine misinformation?" Peter Doocy, a Fox correspondent, as...
Facebook, Healthcare, Joe Biden, Misinformation, Politics, surgeon general, Tech Insider, Vaccine, White House

The White House isn’t letting Facebook off the hook for allowing misinformation to spread on its platforms

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday Facebook must remove misinformation quicker. Anthony Fauci said the "disparity in the willingness to be vaccinated" could lead to a COVID surge. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently said Facebook is "a giant source" of vaccine misinformation. See more stories on Insider's business page. The White House wants Facebook to act quicker in removing posts containing vaccine misinformation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Facebook takes too long to remove "violative posts" during a press briefing. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during the briefing that misinformati...
Anthony Fauci, anti-maskers, coronavirus, Denial, Donald Trump, Misinformation, Science

How Americans waged war on the scientists trying to save them

The pandemic ushered in a new breed of attack on scientists and public-health officials. Unlike previous anti-science movements, the war this time was more personal. Lasting resentment towards scientists could hinder the US's ability to handle future public-health crises. See more stories on Insider's business page. Renae Moch never expected that she'd feel scared to leave her house. As the public health director of Burleigh County, North Dakota, she was accustomed to warning residents about the dangers of vape pens or a bad flu season without much pushback. Then the pandemic hit. Moch found herself being ...