Monday 9 November 2020 / 12:34 PM Coronavirus / Digital / Jo Stevens

Jo Stevens responds to Government agreement with social media companies to tackle vaccine disinformation

Jo Stevens MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, responding to the Government’s agreement with social media companies to tackle vaccine disinformation said:

“While it’s good the Government has finally got the message that dangerous disinformation about a Coronavirus vaccine is putting lives at risk, their solution is woeful.

“Relying on social media companies to only remove content that they make a profit from when it is flagged to them by government covers a tiny percentage of this dangerous material.

“There’s been a tsunami of disinformation on social media throughout the pandemic undermining trust and sowing confusion. We’ve all seen it and Labour has repeatedly raised the issue with the Secretary of State but it’s taken months for him to act.

“One person who refuses to be vaccinated because of disinformation on social media is one too many”.