Did the White House just accidentally admit it?
The Biden administration is playing an active role in flagging Facebook posts it considers to be “problematic” or “disinformation,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
During a Thursday press conference, Psaki said White House senior staff were engaging with “social media platforms” to combat the spread of “misinformation specifically on the pandemic.”
“In terms of actions we are taking or that we’re working to take, I should say, from the federal government, we’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the surgeon general’s office. We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” she said.
Psaki added that the administration was also “working with doctors, medical professionals, and experts who are popular with their audiences” to get them “accurate information and boost trusted content.”
“We’re helping get trusted content out there,” she said. “We also created the COVID-19 community cord to get trusted information into the hands of local messengers.”
Psaki revealed that most of the anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms was originating from “12 people,” but she did not identify any people or pages.