Students say social media users, not government, can determine COVID ‘misinformation’

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Despite President Joe Biden’s claim that Facebook is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about the COVID vaccine to spread online, many young people who spoke to Fox News at the Turning Student Action Summit Point USA said that social media does not influence their decision to get whether or not to get vaccinated.

“I heard what Jen Psaki said about their working with Facebook to censor and decide what is shown and I don’t think that’s fair, I think it’s our responsibility to listen and to watch and make our own decisions … it’s up to us to do our research and really make those informed decisions for ourselves, ”said Hillary Vaughn of Fox News, a graduate student at Seattle University.

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A University of North Florida graduate student said he believes no one takes Facebook posts as seriously as the Biden administration.

“It’s just at their own discretion whether they like it or not,” the student said.

Chase Porter, a recent high school graduate, said he “doesn’t take everything on social media at face value.”

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“If I see a headline or if I see all these people saying this and that about the vaccine, I’m going to search. I’m going to do some research before I make a decision,” he said.

The comments came a day after the president, when asked for his message to platforms like Facebook perpetuating disinformation about COVID, said: “They are killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. , and they kill people. “

Earlier today, White House press secretary Jen Psaki drew criticism after saying the Biden administration was in communication with Facebook to limit “misinformation” about the coronavirus and the vaccine shared on the platform.

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“So we regularly make sure that social media platforms are aware of the latest dangerous public health stories that we and many other Americans see in all social and mainstream media,” Psaki said. “And we are working to engage with them to better understand the application of the policies of social media platforms,” Psaki said.

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Many attendees at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit, which runs through Tuesday in Tampa, have expressed concern that the government is censoring information online – even if it is wrong or misinformed.

“I don’t think the federal government should intervene with free speech. Simply because even if it is wrong information, the wrong information needs to be released so that everyone knows the right information.” Justin Mulligan told Fox News. “So I don’t have a problem letting everyone talk.

“It’s our freedom to think freely,” fellow student Rachel Warren told Fox News. “I think it’s really worrying that they are so worried about what is misinformation and what is not.”

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Porter said people should have the ability to learn from their mistakes.

“You should have the ability and the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, because if the government comes and censors what everyone else says – whether it’s true or not – then you won’t know who to trust. . ”

Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.

Register on foxnation.com to learn more about the Student Action Summit.

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