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Democrats Can’t Force Facebook to Stem Covid Misinformation

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  • Proposals in Congress would have limited impact on problem
  • Facebook counterattacks, accusing Biden of finger-pointing
WATCH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Vice Dean Joshua Sharfstein discusses medical misinformation on social media, outreach efforts to the unvaccinated, and a timeline for full U.S. FDA approval of Covid-19 vaccines.

Defeating Covid-19 in the U.S. is now mired in a partisan information war, a fight that President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are ill-equipped to win.

Biden’s struggle to control the coronavirus and vaccine misinformation online was evident in his broadside Friday that companies like Facebook Inc. were “killing people.” He begged social media platforms to change and pleaded with the American people not to believe everything they read.