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US prosecutors ask Facebook and Twitter to remove false information about vaccination against Covid-19

Twelve US Attorneys General have asked Facebook and Twitter to apply their community guidelines and remove or flag false information about vaccination against Covid-19.

The request was made in a letter addressed to the presidents of the two companies.

The request was made in a letter addressed to the presidents of the two companies, Mark Zuckerberg, from Facebook, and Jack Dorsey, from Twitter, this Wednesday (24).

Prosecutors in 12 US states accuse the two social networks of doing little to prevent users of their platforms from spreading false information about vaccination, saying it is not safe.

In the letter, they say that people with no medical experience and often motivated by financial gains have used the platforms to minimize the danger of coronavirus and exaggerate the risks of vaccination.

Facebook said the company removed millions of posts with incorrect information about Covid-19 and vaccines, and tried to direct users to reliable information from health officials, according to the Reuters news agency.

Twitter said it removed more than 22,400 tweets in connection with its policy on coronavirus posts and prioritizes removing content that could cause harm “in the real world”, also according to Reuters.

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