Facebook to Censor Posts About ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’

Facebook will censor opponents of the COVID vaccine by reducing the ability to view content and user comments using a special algorithm that calculates a “vaccine hesitancy score,” according to the Daily Mail, citing data from Project Veritas.

Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe revealed on Fox News that two anonymous Facebook employees leaked documents showing that the company was testing a beta version of an algorithm to combat vaccine opponents.

The beta version was tested on 1.5 percent of the 3.8 billion users of Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram worldwide, according to whistleblowers. This happens without the knowledge of users.

The title of the leaked document reads “Vaccine Hesitancy Comment Demotion”. In its Executive Summary section, it states that the goal is to “dramatically reduce user exposure to vaccine hesitancy (VH) in the comments”.

It follows from the document that “reducing the visibility of such comments represents an important opportunity for us to remove barriers to vaccination that users of the platform could potentially face.”

The system set up by the social network ranks users into tiers that grade comments based on the degree to which they are aimed at dissuading others from getting inoculated, according to Project Veritas.

Forsided, 25.05.2021
Source: Daily Mail

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