Selena Gomez has taken a stand against Facebook, criticising the platform for not being diligent when it comes to the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19.

In a heated Twitter thread, Selena slammed Facebook for not doing more to combat lies on the social media platform.

“In December I asked @Facebook and @Instagram to take action on lies about COVID and vaccines,” she tweeted on Wednesday, sharing a video from the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

CCDH officials state: “Just twelve anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms. This new analysis of content posted or shared to social media over 812,000 times between February and March uncovers how a tiny group of determined anti-vaxxers is responsible for a tidal wave of disinformation – and shows how platforms can fix it by enforcing their standards.”

Selena then tagged President Joe Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, writing: “@Potus and @Surgeon_General have finally called for action by @Facebook.”

Back in December 2020 tweet, Selena tweeted: “@Facebook said they don’t allow lies about COVID and vaccines to be spread on their platforms. So how come all of this is still happening? Facebook is going to be responsible for thousands of deaths if they don’t take action now!”

She ended her current thread with the question: “So why do they (Facebook) still refuse to act?”

Facebook’s lax approach to monitoring posts about COVID was also addressed by the New York Times back in July, with an article reporting that the company’s data scientists asked the company’s officials to help track disinformation on the popular site, but were never given any resources to do so.

A statement from Facebook’s PR team to the Times read: “The suggestion we haven’t put resources toward combating COVID misinformation and supporting the vaccine rollout is just not supported by the facts.”

Meanwhile, the US general surgeon has since declared the spread of anti-vaccination propaganda on social media to be “a serious threat to public health”.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain even went as far as to dub the site “a giant source of vaccine misinformation.”

“I’ve told (founder) Mark Zuckerberg directly that when we gather groups of people who are not vaccinated, and we ask them, ‘Why aren’t you vaccinated?’ and they tell us things that are wrong, tell us things that are untrue, and we ask them where they’ve heard that. The most common answer is Facebook.”

For more on this topic, follow the Pop Observer.

Check out ‘Lose You To Love Me’ by Selena Gomez:

Get unlimited access to the coverage that shapes our culture.
to Rolling Stone magazine
to Rolling Stone magazine