Accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic is another pandemic, one just as dangerous because it acts synergistically with the novel coronavirus to make it more contagious... this is the disinformation pandemic. One particularly rage-inducing news item has been the revelation that, on Facebook, the worst vaccine disinformation comes from 111 individuals, who are allowed to continue to spread deadly falsehoods because they don't officially break the rules. I've never had a Facebook account, feeling that the entire site constituted an unbearable invasion of privacy. Also, do I really need to know that some guy I worked with one summer twenty-five years ago is a right-wing loon?
Certain social media users are falsehood superspreaders, for instance, election disinformation dropped over 70% after Trump's Twitter ban. In the case of anti-vaxxers, the effort to curtail disinformation has been going on for years, though the tepid response from management suggests that they do not take this threat seriously enough. This is especially infuriating now that we seem to be in the home stretch, with more and more people receiving vaccines. There are sure to be holdouts who refuse the vaccine, thereby imperiling at-risk persons who cannot receive it.
Surely, Facebook can nuke a little over a hundred accounts to stem the tide of bullshit at this critical juncture in the crisis. I'm not holding my breath, though.