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E&C Committee Leaders Investigate COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online

“Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) demanded answers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google today as part of their ongoing investigation into tech companies’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in response to reports that COVID-19 vaccine misinformation is escalating on their platforms. Today’s letters from the Committee leaders are a follow-up to letters they sent to the same companies in July, expressing deep concern regarding the rampant rise of COVID-19 disinformation more generally. “As the country enters this next phase in its fight against the virus – the success of which is dependent on hundreds of millions of Americans trusting the science behind these vaccines – the Committee is deeply troubled by news reports of coronavirus vaccine misinformation on your platform,” the five lawmakers wrote to CEOs Mark Zuckerberg [Facebook], Jack Dorsey [Twitter], and Sundar Pichai [Google]….”

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