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Former Facebook exec calls on the platform to enhance transparency

President Joe Biden lately mentioned platforms like Facebook are “killing people” with vaccine misinformation. And Brian Boland, the previous vice chairman of partnership technique at Facebook, mentioned the corporate “absolutely” has information on the place and the way the troublesome content material is spreading, however hasn’t proven “a focus or a desire to be more transparent.”

“The willingness seems to be more about let’s avoid the story or let’s control the narrative, rather than do the hard thing,” Boland instructed CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. After greater than 11 years working at Facebook, “It’s one of the main reasons that I quit,” he mentioned.

The White House is specializing in turning up the warmth on the so-called Covid “disinformation dozen” who’re utilizing social media to unfold false or deceptive claims concerning the vaccines.

“There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Thursday. That statistic comes from the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which recognized in a report printed in March a couple of dozen customers it mentioned had been super-spreaders of anti-vaccine misinformation.

A Facebook spokesperson instructed CNN Friday the corporate had shut down some pages and teams belonging to the dozen or so folks recognized by the CCDH, however it might not specify which pages had been eliminated.

— CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this report

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