Despite President Joe Biden’s claim that Facebook is “killing people” by allowing COVID vaccine misinformation to spread online, several young people who spoke to LBL at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit said social media was their does not affect the decision whether to receive or not to be vaccinated.
“I’ve heard what Jen Psaki said about working closely with Facebook to decide what’s shown and I don’t think it’s true, I think it’s our responsibility to listen and see And make your decisions… for us to do our research and really make those informed decisions for ourselves,” a Seattle University graduate student told LBL’ Hilary Vaughan.
A graduate student at the University of North Florida said he doesn’t think anyone takes Facebook posts as seriously as the Biden administration.
“It is up to their own discretion whether they want it or not,” the student said.
Recent high school graduate Chase Porter said he “doesn’t take everything on social media at face value.”
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“If I see a headline or if I tell all these people about this and this vaccine, I’m going to see it. I’m going to do some research before I decide,” he said.
The remarks came a day after the president, when asked for his message on COVID misinformation on platforms like Facebook, said: “They are killing people. The only pandemic we have is without vaccinations, and they killing people.”
Earlier that day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki came under criticism after she said the Biden administration was communicating with Facebook to limit “misinformation” on the coronavirus and vaccines shared on the platform. is.
“That’s why we’re regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest public health narratives that we and many other Americans are seeing across all social and traditional media,” Psaki said. “And we work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policies,” said Saki.
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Many of those present at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, which runs until Tuesday in Tampa, expressed concern over the idea of the government censoring online information – even if it is false or misinformation.
Justin Mulligan told LBL, “I don’t think the federal government should interfere with any free speech. Just because if it’s wrong information, then the misinformation needs to get out there so that everyone has the right information.” can know.” “So, I see no harm in letting everyone speak.”
Another student, Rachel Warren, told LBL, “We have our freedom to think independently.” “I think it’s really concerning that they are concerned about what is misinformation and what is not.”
Porter said that people should have the ability to learn from their mistakes.
“You have to have the ability and freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, because if the government is going to come in and censor what everyone is saying – whether it’s right or wrong – you won’t know who Have to trust.”
LBL’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.
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