Ben Smith: Social Media & Responsible Coronavirus Coverage

Ben Smith: Social Media & Responsible Coronavirus Coverage | Power of Tech Companies | GZERO World

NY Times Media Columnist and former head of Buzzfeed News, Ben Smith, speaks with Ian Bremmer over Zoom, and rates the job social media companies are doing in the battle against coronavirus-related disinformation.


While not perfect, Ben Smith argues Facebook, Twitter, and others are making strides at eliminating misleading or harmful health-related postings, even from world leaders like Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. The social media companies' confidence in truth vs. falsity, aided by the clarity of guidance they've gotten from the World Health Organization, stands above these same companies' hand-wringing on allowing hateful or otherwise controversial political statements on their platforms.

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