White House says social media bans for misinformation should extend to all platforms

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White House says social media bans for misinformation should extend to all platforms

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said people who are removed from one social media platform for spreading misinformation should face the same consequences across the board.

"You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there," she said during a White House press briefing on Friday.

Psaki also said social media companies, such as Facebook, should "publicly" share information about the "impact" of misinformation.

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Psaki said on Thursday that the Biden administration is working "to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies." She singled out "the false narrative that remains active out there about COVID-19 vaccines causing infertility."

"Again, this is troubling but a persistent narrative that we and many have seen, and we want to know that the social media platforms are taking steps to address it," she continued. "That is inaccurate, false information. If you were a parent, you would look at that information, and that would naturally raise concerns, but it's inaccurate. And that is an example of the kind of information that we are flagging or raising."

The intelligence community, according to the press secretary, believes Russia and China are amplifying the infertility messaging.

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The administration estimated that "12 people" account for 65% of the posts spreading vaccine misinformation on Facebook, and Psaki promised reporters on Friday the White House would supply data to back up that claim.

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