The Disinformation Dozen on social media

Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“The ‘Disinformation Dozen‘ produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” said Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which identified the accounts.

After this story published on Thursday, Facebook said it had taken down more of the accounts run by these 12 individuals.

These figures are well-known to both researchers and the social networks. They include anti-vaccine activists, alternative health entrepreneurs and physicians. Some of them run multiple accounts across the different platforms. They often promote “natural health.” Some even sell supplements and books.

As usual, Facebook isn’t performing the simplest categories of self-checking misinformation and deception.

Ozymandias turns out to be the “Great and Powerful Oz”

Donald Trump’s tiny desk has sparked hilarious memes online as the president complained about the election, finally admitted he will leave the White House in January…

The president held a question-and-answer session with the press in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House on Thanksgiving Day, marking the first time he has taken questions from the press since he lost the election to Joe Biden.

Social media users went into overdrive mocking the staging and posting hilarious memes comparing the president…and his desk to a Fisher Price children’s version of presidential furniture.

Matches all the preceding memes about the Fake President and his tiny hands, tiny schlong and tiny brain. What a useless cardboard prop for a nation’s leadership.