Surgeon general demands Big Tech hand over data on COVID ‘misinformation’


Dr. Vivek Murthy says it’s ‘about protecting the nation’s health’

Art Moore
WND News Center

President Biden’s surgeon general on Thursday demanded that the major social media companies submit detailed information about the COVID-19 “misinformation” on their platforms.

Dr. Vivek Murthy
Dr. Vivek Murthy

The surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wants to know “exactly how many users saw or may have been exposed to instances of Covid-19 misinformation.” In his notice, he also asked for aggregate data on demographic groups that may have been disproportionately affected by the misinformation, the New York Times reported.

With a deadline of May 2, Murthy also demanded the Big Tech companies provide information about the major sources of COVID-19 “misinformation,” including those selling “unproven” products, services and treatments.

“Technology companies now have the opportunity to be open and transparent with the American people about the misinformation on their platforms,” Murthy said in an emailed statement to the Times.

“This is about protecting the nation’s health.”

The Times noted that denying a request for information “does not carry a penalty, but the notice represents the first formal request from the Biden administration of the tech companies to submit Covid-19 misinformation data, according to the surgeon general’s office.”

The White House has stepped into the controversy over top-rated podcaster Joe Rogan’s interviews with prominent medical scientists Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough, essentially calling for censorship. Press secretary Jan Psaki has declared that flagging “misinformation” contrary to the government’s narrative is not enough, and social media platforms must do more.

In an interview with MSNBC in January, Murthy said the social media “platforms still have not stepped up to do the right thing, and do enough, I should say, to reduce the spread of misinformation.”

Six months ago, Murthy issued a first formal advisory accusing Big Tech of failing to do its public duty, calling misinformation “an urgent threat to public health.”

In February, as WND reported, the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin naming “proliferation of false or misleading narratives” regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 election as among the top terror threats. The National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin warned of a heightened threat of terror due in part to “an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors.”

When ‘misinformation’ becomes consensus

The Times on Thursday reported Murthy’s request for information is part of Biden’s Covid National Preparedness Plan, which the White House detailed on Wednesday after the State of the Union address.

Murthy also is seeking information from health care providers and the public on how COVID-19 “misinformation” has influenced patients and communities.

“We’re asking anyone with relevant insights — from original research and datasets, to personal stories that speak to the role of misinformation in public health — to share them with us,” he said.

The charge of spreading “misinformation,” however, has come as top health officials and scientists walk back their stances on masks, lockdowns, vaccines and other efforts to combat COVID-19, confirming the claims of esteemed scientists they have dismissed as “fringe” and conspiracy theorists.”

In November, for example, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla charged people are spreading “misinformation” about the vaccines, calling them “criminals” who have cost “millions of lives.” However, Bourla acknowledged in January that two doses of his vaccine “offer very limited protection, if any” against the dominant omicron variant. And he said the mRNA vaccines “don’t have the safety profile that we hoped we can achieve with this technology.”

The FDA approved the Pfizer shot for kids one week after an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend it despite acknowledging the lack of safety data and the nearly 100% survival rate for children from infection.

Michael P Senger, an attorney who has published books on the pandemic, observed Thursday on Twitter, “Virtually everything the US Surgeon General has labeled ‘misinformation’ has been proven true.”

He wrote:

  • Lockdowns saved no one from COVID
  • Mass testing led to a permanent “pandemic”
  • Cloth masks don’t work
  • Vaccines don’t prevent infection or transmission

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, at a news conference Thursday, recounted the evidence that wearing masks does not save lives.

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David
David
10 months ago

Apparently this clown was feeling like he was missing out on the whole government overreach thing so he decided to give it a try?

Jim Durham
Jim Durham
10 months ago

By far, the biggest spreader of Covid “misinformation” AKA lies, was the United States Government and the CDC. In a close 2nd place was the main stream media. Will this idiot be tracking this “misinformation” too?

Sylvia
Sylvia
10 months ago

Is ‘misinformation’ defined as any opinion that does not conform to what the government states or mandates?
If so, does this attitude reflect liberal democracy? How about freedom of speech?
Anyone is entitled to an opinion. Most importantly, a liberal democracy respects a person’s sovereign right to her/his own body.
What is happening to America – the once ‘land of the FREE and the home of the brave’?
Allow scientists to openly share their research findings, and allow each and every one of us to have, and freely express, our opinion. Shutting people up is covering up any underlying issues. Encourage open discussions! This is America!

Melissa
Melissa
10 months ago

Does this CCPH statement count as misinformation?: “Most COVID-19 cases continue to be among people who are unvaccinated.” Why would CCPH say that when last week 62% of cases were among people who are vaccinated? 262% the week before that (meaning they are also playing with the numbers!). 56% of cases the week before that. Clearly most cases are now coming from people who are vaccinated.

Sylvia
Sylvia
10 months ago
Reply to  Melissa

The research on ADE (antibody dependent enhancement) makes interesting reading. At the very least it offers a possible, and plausible, explanation for the increasing numbers of re-infection in the vaccinated.
It begs the question: which is the higher risk, catching covid-19 or the vaccine?

John Smith
John Smith
10 months ago

If Murthy isn’t going to start with Anthony ‘Court Jester’ Fauci then what’s the point?

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