op ed what you hear about covid in the metaverse should scare you

Sumary of Op-ed: What you hear about Covid in the Metaverse should scare you:

  • Brian Castrucci is an epidemiologist, public health practitioner and president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation.
  • Frank Luntz is a Republican pollster and communication advisor.
  • Long before the pandemic, social media had been linked to worsening mental health, increased risk for eating disorders, and misinformation about cures for diseases like cancer and diabetes.
  • In the real world, there are rules and regulations in place to protect the public.
  • From food and product safety to air and water quality measures, Americans expect some level of common-sense protection from known harm for the things we use and consume daily.
  • Social media has been weaponized to spread misinformation about Covid and the vaccines, which has contributed to lower vaccination rates and, ultimately, cost American lives.
  • Just over half of the unvaccinated respondents said social media was pushing them to wait or forgo the vaccine, and the vaccination rate among people who said social media was one of their primary sources of information was 16% lower than the rate among the general public.
  • Even in this era of hyper-sensitivity to free speech and expression, much of it deserved, 53% of Americans agree that social media companies should restrict or remove what they determine to be misinformation or disinformation about Covid and vaccines.

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