Reps. Jimmy Gomez and Mark Pocan call out Facebook for enabling anti-vaccine pages
Wisconsin Democratic Representative Marc Pocan and California Democratic Agent Jimmy Gomez sought a description from Facebook on Tuesday relating to an anti-vaccination protest at Dodger Stadium which was arranged on the social media platform.
Between 40 and 60 demonstrators obstructed the main entryway of a vaccination event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, triggering the Los Angeles Fire Department to temporarily close the site. The protest was arranged on a Facebook page called “Store Mask Free Los Angeles,” which features videos of people going to retail facilities without using face masks.
In December 2020, Facebook said it would begin removing material that spread out misinformation about the safety of the vaccines. After the protest at Dodger Stadium, Pocan and Lopez wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking why demonstration organizers were allowed to utilize the social networks platform for preparing functions.
” Regardless of your promise to remove material consisting of false information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and also misinformation about the coronavirus itself, a page on your platform with nearly 3,000 followers was allowed to organize this weekend’s action,” Pocan and Gomez composed.
Pocan and Gomez asked Zuckerberg how “this effort was permitted to arrange on Facebook through a page with practically 3,000 fans that connected to websites dedicated to the baseless ‘Plandemic’ narrative and misinformation referring to mask-wearing efficacy” and what actions Facebook was taking the “ensure comparable pages and efforts on Facebook are discovered and removed.”
” Lives are literally hanging in the balance of your corporate actions and decisions,” the agents composed, “you must do more.”
Newsweek connected to Facebook for remark.
Authorities closed the main entryway to Dodger Stadium since of Saturday’s demonstration for around one hour. Vaccinations continued inside the stadium throughout the closure with approximately 5,740 dosages of the vaccine administered to people who had made appointments.
According to Los Angeles Authorities Chief Michel Moore, a protest zone will be offered future demonstrations at the Dodger Stadium vaccination website. Moore added that protests which disrupt the vaccination would result in arrests.
” Our action is to be instant and speedy in the sense of holding them liable for that unlawful activity,” Moore informed the Cops Commission on Tuesday.
Facebook stated in a December 2020 post that it would take down eliminate misinformation about the virus and the vaccines, including “incorrect claims that COVID-19 vaccines include microchips, or anything else that isn’t on the main vaccine ingredient list.”
Between March and November 2020, Facebook reported the elimination of over 12 million posts by users that spread out misinformation about COVID-19. Roughly 167 million posts were labeled for perhaps sharing details that was disputed by health authorities.
Since Tuesday, California had actually reported 3,342,647 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 41,402 deaths attributable to the virus according to information from Johns Hopkins University.