The latest installment of Twitter Files have revealed how the Trump and Biden administrations forced Twitter executives to censor information. Company executives have dramatically discredited doctors and experts who have spoken out against vaccines, even citing their own data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
◆ Two presidents but one method
According to the latest Twitter Files published by the journalist David ZweigThe Trump administration met with executives from Twitter, Google, Facebook and Microsoft to get ” how tech companies can help fight misinformation “again” shopping at grocery stores… which can have promotes panic buying and behavior in the early days of the pandemic.
When Biden took office, his administration focused on combating “misinformation” about vaccines and targeted high-profile skeptics. According to Mr. Zweig, in the summer of 2021, Mr. Biden said that social media companies would “ has killed people because they allowed misinformation about vaccines. His administration notably pressured Twitter to suspend the former journalist from New York Times Alex Berenson, because of his tweets questioning Covid vaccines.
The company’s internal communications revealed sometimes sharp debate about some cases of moderation. Despite this, Twitter removed opinions, many from doctors and scientific experts, that contradicted official White House positions. Consequently, ” findings and legitimate questions that would have broadened the public debate are lost wrote Zweig.
◆ Expert censorship
The Dr. Martin Kulldorff, epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, is among many experts accused of misinformation. ” Thinking that everyone should be vaccinated is just as scientifically flawed as thinking that no one should be. “, had-t– he wrote on March 15, 2021.” C vaccinesvid is important for high-risk adults and their caregivers. Those who have had a natural infection do not need it. Even the children. »
This tweet was flagged by a site moderator, who said he shared ” misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines Cvid-19 because it was different from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines at the time.
He was quickly called ” misleading ”, and all replies and “likes” are disabled.
A tweet from Kelly Kga, a public health fact-checker, also called ” misleading and its comments and responses were disabled, even though it presented the CDC’s own data. Meanwhile, Andrew Bostom, a doctor in Rhode Island, was permanently suspended from the site after tweeting about a peer-reviewed study on the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines.
◆ Moderation kills debate ?
The problem, according to Zweig, lies in the very way Twitter decides to moderate content. ” Most content moderation is done by bots, trained in machine learning and AI. Twitter also uses contractors in countries like the Philippines […] but asking non-experts to judge tweets on complex topics like myocarditis and the effectiveness of masks is doomed to a significant error rate “, he explains.
Regardless of whether these views are correct or adopted in other countries, information that shows the adverse effects of vaccines or that can be perceived as minimizing the risks of Covid, especially for children, is subject to moderate, if not in removal.
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