In an unexpected turn of events, Facebook has called out The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) for manufacturing a “faulty narrative” without “any evidence” against the 12 individuals it has repeatedly defamed and labeled as the “disinformation dozen.”
Facebook has had enough of CCDH and is now pushing back. After months of accusations that it is allowing 12 "super spreaders of misinformation" on its platform to cause serious harm to the public health, it now alleges that CCDH's report titled, The Disinformation Dozen: Why platforms must act on twelve leading online anti-vaxxers has no real factual basis.
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CCDH's report has been the driving force behind a global campaign to target, attack, defame, and deplatform a dozen outspoken health freedom and informed choice advocates, including myself, and my wife Kelly Brogan, MD, all of whom have repeatedly raised both safety and human rights violations concerns with the regard to the hasty rollout of experimental COVID-19 vaccines and manipulated and inflated COVID case and mortality statistics.
CCDH's Digital Hit job Now Includes 16,000 News Reports and 84,700 Pieces of Defamatory Material in Total
Google now shows an astounding 84,700 search results for CCDH's defamatory phrase "disinformation dozen."
Amazingly, this includes 16,000 news stories within the international press, approximately 100% of which are word-for-word amplifications of CCDH's claims/defamatory statements and reported uncritically as fact.
In addition, the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and president Biden all used CCDH's report as the sole source for their own defamatory accusations, reaching a dangerous rhetorical climax on July 20th when Biden stated that these 12 individuals are literally “killing people" [by spreading misinformation]. You can view my response to Biden's accusation here.
Facebook Sets the Record Straight, Revealing CCDH's Crookedness
Facebook’s new report authored by Monika Bikert, Vice President of Content Policy provides the following background:
“In recent weeks, there has been a debate about whether the global problem of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation can be solved simply by removing 12 people from social media platforms. People who have advanced this narrative contend that these 12 people are responsible for 73% of online vaccine misinformation on Facebook. There isn’t any evidence to support this claim. Moreover, focusing on such a small group of people distracts from the complex challenges we all face in addressing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.”
The report further clarifies how egregiously inaccurate CCDH’s claims are by noting:
"In fact, these 12 people are responsible for about just 0.05% of all views of vaccine-related content on Facebook. This includes all vaccine-related posts they’ve shared, whether true or false, as well as URLs associated with these people."
The implications of Facebook’s report are all the more profound, given the fact the Department of Homeland Security released a terrorism bulletin on August 13th titled "Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland," which references “false narratives” tied to extremists groups as a threat to our national security. You can read my report on this bulletin here.
Ironically, CCDH has previously been identified as meeting the Commission on Countering Extremism’s definition of hateful extremists, and more recently was criticized by Senator Hawley as being tied to a ‘foreign dark money group’ and asked to reveal their funding sources.
Facebook Validates that there are MILLIONS More Than 12 Standing Up To Speak out
Another important aspect of the Facebook report is their acknowledgment that, despite CCDH’s narrative that only 12 targeted people are responsible for the majority of content related to questions around vaccine safety and effectiveness, there are actually “hundreds of millions of posts that people shared about COVID-19 vaccines in the past months on Facebook.”
“The report upon which the faulty narrative is based analyzed only a narrow set of 483 pieces of content over six weeks from only 30 groups, some of which are as small as 2,500 users. They are in no way representative of the hundreds of millions of posts that people have shared about COVID-19 vaccines in the past months on Facebook.”