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Congress calls on social media companies to ban "anti-vaccines"

A lawmaker in the US Congress called on social media companies to ban dozens of people who spread the vast majority of misleading and wrong information on social media platforms about Corona vaccines, according to CBS.

Representative Mike Doyle called for their Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts to be removed during a US Congressional session on how the three companies dealt with fake news.

Rep. Mike Doyle has challenged the chief executives of the three companies, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Benchai to immediately drop the accounts of dozens of people, and none of them has yet given a response.

According to the report, Facebook said it was looking into the matter to see if the accounts violated community standards, while Twitter and Google did not respond regarding a specific request to remove the accounts.

The Center for Combating Digital Hate (CCDH) analyzed more than 812,000 vaccine-related posts on Facebook and Twitter and found that 65% of anti-vaccine posts came from what it called a "dozen of disinformation."

The report stated that "anti-vaccination activists on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter reach more than 59 million followers, making them the largest and most important social media platform for vaccinators."

Three of the 12 have been removed from at least one platform, but none of them have been removed from all.Among the dozens of anti-vaccine campaigners calling for Doyle to remove their accounts is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the former US president who leads one of the groups.

Twelve public prosecutors have also written to Zuckerberg Dorsey asking them to remove what they called a "small group of individuals" who are using the platforms to reduce the risks of the pandemic and spread false information about the safety of vaccines.