U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Thursday issued an advisory warning to the American public about the “urgent threat” of health misinformation and disinformation that have “threatened the U.S. response to COVID-19 and continue to prevent Americans from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk.” The same day, The Rockefeller Foundation announced $13.5 million in new funding to combat vaccine “misinformation and disinformation.”
The 22-page advisory calls on Big Tech and social media companies to take more responsibility to stop the online spread of health misinformation.
The advisory blamed “misinformation” for causing people to decline COVID vaccines, reject public health measures such as masking and physical distancing, and using unproven treatments.
Murthy, who operates under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said in a press release, “As Surgeon General, my job is to help people stay safe and healthy, and without limiting the spread of health misinformation, American lives are at risk.”
According to the HHS press release, whether “health misinformation” is false, inaccurate, or misleading will be determined by the “best available evidence.”
The advisory further defined the “best available evidence” standard as the preferred benchmark because “claims can be highly misleading and harmful even if the science on an issue isn’t yet settled.”
“We can meaningfully improve the health information environment even without a consensus definition of misinformation,” Murthy said.
Developing a national strategy to prevent and respond to COVID-19 and future public health misinformation and disinformation is an important first step in establishing a solution set to this threat. The priorities that should guide the development of a national strategy are:
Pillar 1: Intervene against false and damaging content as well as the sources propagating it
- Establish a multiagency national security response effort that prioritizes management of public health disinformation, from both domestic and international sources, as a national security issue in order to prevent disinformation campaigns and educate the public on their use.
- Establish a national nonpartisan commission that provides neutral evidence-based guidance and recommendations in order to improve the health communication landscape in ways that limit misleading information and ensure accountability for and identification of sources of misleading information.
- Encourage active, transparent, nonpartisan intervention from social media and news media companies to identify and remove, control the spread of, and curtail generators of false information.
Pillar 2: Promote and ensure the abundant presence and dissemination of factual information
- Prioritize public health risk communication at the federal, state, and local levels in public health departments and academic research communities by including training and resources on specific messaging and by increasing staffing, funding, and research support.
- Increase coordination between public health experts and sources of public information, including social media platforms and news media to increase the dissemination of accurate information through multiple channels.
Pillar 3: Increase the public’s resilience to misinformation and disinformation
- Safeguard and promote health and digital literacy through multiple sources including schools, community organizations, social media, news media, and others to help information consumers choose responsible sources of information and increase their awareness of disinformation tactics and approaches.
- Improve resources for public verification of questionable content through the development of a robust fact-checking infrastructure with support, training, and guiding principles for fact-checking organizations.
Pillar 4: Ensure a whole-of-nation response through multisector and multiagency collaboration
Ensure multisector collaboration in the development of a national strategy to combat public health misinformation through collective planning with social media, news media, government, national security officials, public health officials, scientists, the public, and others.
Increase coordination across the range of government stakeholders and conduct a cross-governmental analysis of efforts and responsibilities for managing health-related misinformation and disinformation to streamline and organize efforts. Key US agencies include the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security as well as intelligence agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency. (see the full document).
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The full advisory lays out recommendations for families, health professionals, researchers, educators, media, funders, government, and technology platforms, and urges individuals to limit misinformation spread.
The advisory calls for media and social media companies to increase staff to moderate posts, amplify preferred voices, improve algorithms to address misinformation, moderate live streams, and impose “clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate platform policies.”
Schools and educational institutions are encouraged to crack down on misinformation by educating people on “tactics used by those who deny the scientific consensus on health issues” and “introduce conspiracies.”
In an interview with NPR, Murthy said Americans must do their part to fight misinformation. “COVID has really brought into sharp focus the full extent of damage that health misinformation is doing,” Murthy said ahead of the advisory’s release.
Surgeon general’s advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that demand immediate attention.
In a White House press briefing Thursday, press secretary Jen Psaki singled out Facebook as needing to do more to combat COVID vaccine misinformation on its platform.
“Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove violative posts,” Psaki said. “Posts that will be within their policies’ removal often remain up for days. That’s too long. The information spreads too quickly,” she said.
A CNN source said Biden officials took concerns about vaccine misinformation to Facebook and concluded the tech giant was either not “taking this very seriously, or they are hiding something” due to what they view as Facebook’s unwillingness to tackle vaccine misinformation.
The source pointed to how Robert F. Kennedy Jr., co-founder, and chair of Children’s Health Defense, was banned from Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, but not from Facebook itself.
The Facebook spokesperson told CNN, “We don’t automatically disable accounts across our apps, because the accounts may post about different things on our different services.”
In an interview today with The Defender, Kennedy said:
“I’m very happy to debate the Surgeon General or to line my stacks up against his and allow the public to judge which one of us is the source of misinformation — is the font of all the vaccine misinformation, disinformation, and obfuscation. I would also remind the Surgeon General that censorship by the government is not just un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and he should have the confidence in his policies in the marketplace of ideas and not have to rely on coercion.”
Kennedy said it’s not up to the government or CNN to decide. He said:
“It’s a dangerous path for democracy when we allow government officials and CNN, which is utterly dependent on pharmaceutical advertising, to tell Americans they are not allowed to criticize pharmaceutical products — zero liability, experimental pharmaceutical products.”
Psaki called for Facebook to make more information public about who, and how many people are seeing and interacting with what the administration labels “misinformation” about COVID.
The CNN source said administration officials were frustrated with what they view as Facebook’s failures to uphold its own policies on vaccine misinformation — the company often does not act fast enough or is inconsistent in its policing of violating content, the officials complain.
Rockefeller Foundation commits $13.5 million to misinformation campaign
On the same day the surgeon general issued his advisory, The Rockefeller Foundation issued a press release announcing $13.5 million in new funding to, among other things, “counter health is- and disinformation — confusing, inaccurate, and harmful information that spreads at an unprecedented speed and scale and threatens the health and wellbeing of communities around the world.”
The Foundation cited the surgeon general’s call for a “whole-of-society effort” so that people around the world know what to do and can trust the sources they hear from during a public health emergency, such as the COVID pandemic.
“By identifying mis- and disinformation as a challenge to our collective health, the surgeon general’s guidance reinforces The Rockefeller Foundation’s role in investing in data-driven public health interventions to meet the unique challenges of today’s media environment,” said Bruce Gellin, the foundation’s chief of global public health strategy.
If you ask me, they fail to understand there is no such thing as “collective” health, guilt, or salvation! We are created as unique INDIVIDUALS, not as cogs in a collective gear! We are responsible for looking after our own personal health and well-being, not some abstract, illogical “shared health” of the collective! They can fact-check this all they like, but the stark truth is that if you take this vaccine and suffer any ill effects now or in the future, you are on your own. They need to rebrand their rhetoric as their actions reveal their true intentions. To the glorious collective, you are expendable. Remember that.
The foundation said the funding will “support the design and evaluation of interventions, tools and methods to build trust in COVID vaccination efforts and counter inaccurate vaccine misinformation and research to understand how inaccurate health information impacts online and offline behaviors, the true cost of mis- and disinformation on health and economic outcomes and what strategies might be most effective to counter and manage inaccurate and harmful information from malicious sources.”
Detailed information is slated to be released by the end of 2021, the foundation said.
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