White House Fighting “Disinformation”

Partnering with Surgeon General Murthy on messaging about healthcare.

On Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released an advisory about health misinformation. In a press briefing with the White House press secretary, the surgeon general said, “We need an all-of-society approach to fight misinformation. And that’s why this advisory that I issued today has recommendations for everyone.”

He stated in his advisory, “While health misinformation has always been a problem, today it spreads at unprecedented speed and scale. We are all still learning how to navigate this new information environment. But we know enough to be sure that misinformation is an urgent threat, and that we can and must confront it together. … We need institutions to recognize that this issue is their moral and civic responsibility, too, and that they are accountable.”

Regarding the federal government’s role, Press Secretary Psaki stated, “We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s office. We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”

She added, “We’re working with doctors and medical professionals to connect — to connect medical experts… who are popular with their audiences with — with accurate information and boost trusted content. So we’re helping get trusted content out there.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president’s administration as information policies are implemented.
  • For Surgeon General Murthy and his staff as they research and prepare to share health information with the American people.
  • For doctors and medical professionals to have wisdom regarding the health information people need.

Sources: The White House, HHS.gov


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