U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked social media platforms to â€œtake responsibilityâ€ and remove vaccine misinformation on their sites.
In an interview with the Times on Thursday, Patel said companies like Facebook and Twitter had a â€œsocial responsibilityâ€ not to host or publish false information.
Her comments come amid growing concerns over a higher level of vaccine skepticism among Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups in the U.K. Patel told the Times that social media companies were failing these communities.
Platforms â€œshould be working hard with us as well to pull down anything that is misleading, disinformation and misinformation,â€ she said.
â€œInformation that comes straight out of the NHS is still the most trusted information source about the vaccine, which is great,â€ she added. â€œSo Iâ€™d say to social media companies, â€˜Do your own bit, take responsibility, pull down misinformation and disinformationâ€™ and thereâ€™s no harm in them actually linking a lot of their stuff to the NHS and Gov.uk.â€
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