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The hits keep coming for Facebook, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki saying Wednesday it was "not surprising" to read recent reports about the social media giant's failure to track COVID-19 misinformation.
"It is unfortunately not surprising for us to hear that Facebook knew of these problems, has known of the issue possibly as early as the beginning of the pandemic," Psaki said. "That is what the reporting tells us, and that does not surprise us."
Psaki added that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called misinformation a public health issue, saying social media outlets are a prime channel for the trafficking of bad information.
"Since then, we've continued to see platforms regularly amplify anti-vaccine content over accurate information," Psaki said. "That's the basic problem, and that's what we continue to see happen."
Thousands of internal Facebook documents shared with Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission in recent weeks reveal an array of problems facing the social media giant as it attempts to rehabilitate its image amid scrutiny from both sides of the aisle.
The documents, known as the Facebook Papers, paint a picture of a company struggling to manage its enormous global reach and the ethical issues its scale has created.
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Original Author: Haisten Willis
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