Facebook trying to censor COVID-19 vaccine skeptics: report

Facebook is reportedly trying to silence COVID-19 vaccine skeptics by utilizing an algorithm that targets and demotes their feedback on the positioning, the most recent in Big Tech’s woke censorship push.

Two nameless Facebook staff leaked inner memos to Project Veritas that purport to present that the social media large has examined a beta model of its algorithm to monitor down vaccine hesitant customers. 

The algorithm was being run on 1.5 % of Facebook and Instagram’s practically 3.8 billion worldwide customers, in accordance to the leaked paperwork. 

The vaccine hesitancy scores are divided into tiers zero, one and two, in accordance to the leaked paperwork. Comments in tier zero are an express violation of Facebook coverage whereas these in tier one are counted as “Alarmism & Criticism,” in accordance to the paperwork obtained by Project Veritas.

James O'Keefe, founder chairman and CEO of Project Veritas.
The Facebook whistleblowers alerted Project Veritas concerning the new algorithm.
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Tier two feedback are “Indirect Vaccine Discouragement,” which embrace “shocking stories” that will deter others from taking the vaccine — even when they’re true, the paperwork present.

The algorithm would then assign feedback in such tiers a “vaccine hesitancy” or a “VH Score,” the paperwork mentioned, and might be hidden from the “most relevant” feedback part and even eliminated altogether. 

“Based on that VH score, we will demote or leave the comment alone depending on the content within the comment,” an nameless whistleblower told James O’Keefe, the founding father of Project Veritas.

People receiving doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine hesitancy algorithm was being examined on 1.5 % of Facebook and Instagram customers.
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“They’re trying to control this content before it even makes it onto your page, before you even see it,” a whistleblower added.

One of the leaked paperwork is titled “Vaccine Hesitancy Comment Demotion.” Its govt abstract states the purpose is to “drastically reduce user exposure to vaccine hesitancy (VH) in comments.”

The 15-page doc provides that “reducing the visibility of these comments represents another significant opportunity for us to remove barriers to vaccination that users on the platform may potentially encounter.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In March, Facebook added labels to posts about vaccines to counter misinformation.
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The doc added that the algorithm was the one software Facebook had on the time to handle “the high prevalence of vaccine hesitancy in Health comments,” and that a greater “detection” software could be applied when accessible.

In a press release to The Post, a Facebook spokesperson mentioned: “We proactively announced this policy on our company blog and also updated our help center with this information.”

Facebook has acknowledged that it could scale back the visibility of content material that won’t violate firm coverage however discourages somebody from getting vaccinated by sharing data out of context, for instance.

Facebook logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle.
Facebook has come beneath hearth for permitting COVID-19 misinformation to unfold regardless of the algorithms.
REUTERS

In March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the corporate would add labels to posts about vaccines to counter misinformation.

“For example, we’re adding a label on posts that discuss the safety of COVID-19 vaccines that notes COVID-19 vaccines go through tests for safety and effectiveness before they’re approved,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Despite the corporate’s latest efforts, it and different social media giants have come beneath hearth from lawmakers and watchdogs throughout the pandemic for permitting COVID-19 misinformation to unfold rampantly on the platform.

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