78% of Democrats, 52% of Republicans Support Bill Holding Big Tech Responsible for Anti-Vaxx Posts

Elvis Dunderhoff

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The Democrats are just being Democrats and demanding that everything be shut down.

The Republicans, on the other hand, are playing this “Democrats are the real X” game, and telling the pollsters that they think Democrats are doing bad things.

Morning Consult:

With the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate Americans hitting a brick wall and the delta variant wreaking havoc nationwide, lawmakers in recent weeks have increasingly pointed fingers at social media companies for allowing COVID-19 misinformation to spread on their platforms.

New Morning Consult polling suggests that much of the public agrees that social media plays a role in halting progress toward a true post-pandemic existence — and nearly two-thirds back legislation that would punish the platforms that enable such misinformation to proliferate.

Sixty-three percent of adults said they’d support a federal bill holding internet platforms responsible if content generated by their users and other third parties spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and public health emergencies, including 78 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans.

By contrast, just over 1 in 5 adults — including 12 percent of Democrats, 23 percent of independents and 32 percent of Republicans — said they were against holding platforms accountable for the spread of misinformation amid public health crises. The share of those who didn’t know or had no opinion ranged from 10 percent (Democrats) to 21 percent (independents).

The poll of 2,201 U.S. adults was conducted July 23-25, just days after Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that would revoke Section 230 liability protections for internet companies that fail to crack down on the dissemination of misinformation during public health emergencies, though the survey did not reference Klobuchar or Section 230 specifically. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Last week, Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill that would strip Facebook of its immunity from lawsuits under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if it algorithmically promotes health misinformation during a health crisis. https://t.co/NzMyusEtUm

— Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst) July 28, 2021

When respondents were asked whom they think is most responsible for controlling the spread of false information about the coronavirus on platforms, 27 percent pointed fingers at social media companies — a 4-point rise from a March 2020 survey. Thirty-four percent of adults blamed the users who originally posted false information, virtually unchanged from the poll taken 16 months ago.


On vaccine misinformation specifically, the problem appears to be centered on a small group of prolific posters: A recent Center for Countering Digital Hate report found that 12 individuals — dubbed the “Disinformation Dozen” — were responsible for 65 percent of anti-vaccine content on social media platforms, including up to 73 percent on Facebook Inc.



Thirty-five percent of adults said they think social media companies are doing a “poor” job when it comes to preventing the spread of false information about coronavirus vaccines on their platforms, while 27 percent said the performance of companies is just “fair.”


The pressure on social media companies from Capitol Hill to do a better job of policing anti-vaccine content is likely to ramp up as the Biden administration considers mandates and other avenues to meet its vaccination goals.

And as Facebook and other social media companies point to “authoritative” vaccine information as a means to drown out false content, lawmakers can note one last data point in arguing their case for stricter moderation: Just 10 percent of Americans believe that false or misleading information about the coronavirus that is posted online should not be removed.
We’ll just have to wait and see how demonizing the left as “anti-vaxx” works for the right-wing.

The “Dems are the real racists” thing worked great, so let’s just hope this project goes the same way.

“Misinformation” according to who Amy?
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Klobuchar bill targets vaccine misinformation spread by digital platforms – Twin Cities https://t.co/u2pcW9DNKW

— SkolMeCheryl (@SkolMeCheryl) July 23, 2021

Having now read Klobuchar's new bill re: Section 230, I have no clue what the point is. It targets content that is 1A protected anyway. And if liability fears do reach site operators, the only safe solution is to just ban all discussion of the health emergency.

— Bob, agent of Hydra (@dman4835) July 24, 2021

Who do these people think they are? What country do they think they are living in? Have they read the bill of rights? #NoMinistryofTruth https://t.co/gIADuEOxBb

— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) July 22, 2021

This is especially true when you create liability around a category of speech as broad as "public health info," when we know guidance can change quickly. If this law was on the books a year ago could FB be sued for amplifying a NYT article about how you don't need to wear a mask?

— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) July 22, 2021

Senator Klobuchar ignores First Amendment with new bill to censor online “misinformation pic.twitter.com/eRa91F3v9y

— Z La Luna (@LauraLaLuna1) July 26, 2021

Crucial THREAD on @amyklobuchar's deeply misguided (and blatantly unconstitutional) Health Misinformation Act of 2021. Our official statement here: https://t.co/U69IfYxjIT https://t.co/PU6DWDje1Q

— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) July 22, 2021
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Today one of the UK News channels did a broadcast on the joint themes of (a) Climate change is real and must be dealt with now and (b) new government legislation to combat misinformation on social media.


We could cock block, or at least stall them, if a small percentage of the population started resisting all of their bullshit from the ground up.

Many people are going to be angry when they hear (from us) that none of the jabs or boosters will give their freedom back I did a trial of talking with normies about this, citing the different countries that are vax'ed to the eye balls yet have big spikes in "cases", which are probably just the dodgy PCR test giving false positives. The few people I spoke to were astounded and angry. They say they won't stand for it.

Ask people if they regret taking the jab, given that it won't return their freedom. Then launch into your best diatribe. Come back and lets compare notes.
 

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These demonrat anti-vaxxers make my blood boil
 

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So according to this BS poll well over half the US population wants vaccine skepticism banned from the internet but 56% of the US population has received a single dose of the vaccine. Something really seems off with these numbers. Apparently a bunch of people who have no intention of getting vaccinated at all want vaccine skepticism to be banned?
 

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Yay bipartisanship, we always hear we need more of this apparently its good.
As Samuel Francis said the democrats are the evil party and Republicans the stupid party and when they get together to agree on something you can guarantee it is both evil and truly stupid.
 

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Well, you have to wonder how the poll was worded. After all, it's an objective fact that the social media platforms spread health misinformation, when you correctly define "health misinformation" as the propaganda being propagated by the mainstream media.
 

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Aren't Facebook and Twitter and such already excluded from Section 230 protection? It's been repeatedly proven that they monitor their content and erase anything they disagree with, which means that from a legal perspective, anything hosted on their service is there with their express permission and they are therefore liable for it.
Of course, they're actually above the law, being able to casually dump tens of millions of dollars into obliterating any opposition to them, so this whole deal strikes me more as the tech kikes having ordered their bribed political flunkies to produce casus belli for them to tighten the censorship screws further.
 

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I'm ready for the civilization destroying CME. What is holding that thing up? I had such high hopes for that and the Yellowstone caldera.
 
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