Twitter was sued for allowing the White House account to make a “clearly false” claim about Covid-19 vaccines.
The Biden administration has said it is fighting disinformation at all costs, including by establishing a disinformation governance committee, and large tech groups like Twitter have reported posts that they claim contain misinformation on important issues like vaccine coronaviruses.
Yet while the White House shared bogus vaccine information on Thursday, Twitter has yet to notice the inaccurate message to many users. Fox News reports.
“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the past 15 months, the economy has created 8.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6%, the fastest decline in unemployment ever seen at the start of a president’s term, “he said. wrote the verified Twitter account of the White House.
Observers were quick to point out that the Covid-19 vaccine was, in fact, available when Mr. Biden took office on January 20, 2021. The same Twitter account even shared a video of then-president-elect Biden who she was receiving her second dose a week before Inauguration Day.
Mr. Biden had also previously shared a picture of himself receiving his first dose in December 2020.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, in an amendment today, he added to the tweet: “We previously incorrectly claimed that vaccines were not available in January 2021. We should have said that they were not widely available.
Vaccines became available shortly before the president took office.
“Since then, it has been responsible for the comprehensive vaccination of over 200 million people.”
Twitter, which has taken measures to prevent disinformation on the platform, states in its guidelines that users “cannot use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about Covid-19 that could cause harm.”
The policy goes on to state that content related to Covid-19 is considered to be in violation if it is “demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available and authoritative sources”.
The social media giant then explains that these types of breaches could force users to remain locked out of their account until the tweet is deleted and a permanent suspension could be imposed on repeat offenders.
Twitter also did not respond to a request for comment.
Some users received a disclaimer that “readers added context” to indicate that the first vaccines were administered before Mr. Biden took office, but only a “small group of people” who are part of a “pilot program. “received the notification.
It’s unclear why the White House tweet got this message that wasn’t even visible to most followers instead of harsher punishment.
Twitter did not immediately respond when asked for an explanation regarding the “added context” message provided to the tweet instead of something indicating that the information shared by the White House was false.
Many Americans have lost access to their account for disseminating inaccurate information as believed by Twitter and the satirical website The Babylonian bee was recently banned from his account for a joke that named Biden administration official Dr. Rachel Levine the site’s “Man of the Year” for 2022.
Dr. Levine, the United States Assistant Secretary of Health, is a transgender woman.
While Twitter did not take immediate action against the White House’s clear misinformation, critics across the media landscape have noted the infringement.
“Anyone have customer service for the new disinformation bulletin board?” Fox News’ Joe Concha tweeted.
of CNN Daniel Dalewho has been critical of Biden since the network’s recent leadership change, also called the tweet.
“’There was no vaccine available’ is clearly false. More than 3 million Americans were fully vaccinated, and more than 18 million received at least one dose by Biden’s inauguration day. Biden himself was fully vaccinated, “tweeted Dale.
“Obviously it has become more widely available over time, but.”
“Who manages the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?” Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler he asked.
“Delete this fake tweet. Biden himself said 8 percent of seniors had received the vaccine the day he took office. Biden was one of them. ”
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