President Joe Biden’s Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy doubled down on the administration’s claims that Facebook and other social media outlets are driving vaccine skepticism, claiming on Fox News Sunday that social media sites are “aiding and abetting” the spread of misinformation.
“It’s not enough,” Murthy said of Facebook’s efforts to combat vaccine misinformation on its platform. “We are still, despite some of the actions that they have taken, seeing significant spread of misinformation.”
“There have been some positive steps taken by these technology companies. Some of them have worked to try to promote accurate sources like the CDC and other medical sources,” Murthy told Fox News Sunday, “but what I’ve also said to them, publicly and privately, is that it’s not enough. We are still seeing a proliferation of misinformation online.”
“And we know that health misinformation harms people’s health, it costs them their lives”, he continued, “and the platforms have to recognize that they’ve played a major role in the increase,