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October 11, 2021

Most Americans believe rampant misinformation is a problem: poll

A new poll from The Pearson Institute and AP/NORC finds that almost all Americans agree that the rampant spread of misinformation is a problem and that social media platforms are mostly the cause.

A majority of 95 percent of respondents said that misinformation is an issue when trying to access important information. Roughly half blamed the US government, and about three-quarters blamed social media and tech companies.

There was a bipartisan difference among those who blame the government for the spread of misinformation. The poll found that 61 percent of Republicans say the government bears the brunt of responsibility for spreading misinformation, compared with 38 percent of Democrats.

“The AP-NORC poll is bad news for Facebook,” said Konstantin Sonin, a professor of public policy at the University of Chicago. “It makes clear that assaulting Facebook is popular by a large margin — even when Congress is split 50-50, and each side has its own reasons.”

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Americans agree misinformation is a problem, poll shows

September 10, 2021

Democrats malign Amazon for promoting COVID misinformation

Congressional Democrats are going after Amazon for its algorithms promoting hoax COVID-19 cures, anti-vaccination claims, and other misinformation.

“Amazon is directly profiting from the sensationalism of anti-vaccine misinformation, while these conspiracy theories continue to directly contribute to COVID-19 deaths,” Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) wrote in a letter to CEO Andy Jassy.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) said the company is “either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of falsehoods or the sale of inappropriate products.”

Warren said her staff conducted searches on Amazon for “COVID-19” and “vaccine.” The top result was a book authored by a physician who promotes long-debunked claims about vaccines.

“Collectively, this is an astonishing sample of misinformation that appeared in only a few potential searches relating to COVID-19,” Warren wrote.

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Democrats Slam Amazon For Promoting False COVID Cures And Anti-Vaccine Claims

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