By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering $1 million to researchers who can predict what misinformation about vaccines is likely to spread on social media and how it affects people’s trust in vaccines.
The funding opportunity, “Development of a public health tool to predict the virality of vaccine misinformation narratives,” will be provided to one applicant to predict how “vaccine misinformation” affects people’s trust in vaccines, Fox News Report.
Mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded is “to develop a predictive forecasting model to identify new or re-emerging misinformation narratives that may be widespread and have a high likelihood of affecting vaccine confidence.”
Fox News further explained that “information from the model will be used to develop a tool that public health agencies can use to predict misinformation trends in the populations they serve.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) countered that fox news“It’s dangerous for health agencies to focus their resources on fighting misinformation. The CDC has no right to try to predict future ‘thought crime’, nor does it have the right to use their power in collusion with Big Tech as they have done in the past. against the American people.”
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The CDC has been working hard to combat what it deems “misinformation,” including working with Facebook, Twitter and Google to combat online content it deems misinformation.
This is also after the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Management Council ends in three weeks in may.
The Board of Directors “was doomed from the moment it was named,” Forbes columnist Jill Goldenziel says, Professor of School of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Business Threat, Security, Legal and Leadership Consultant. “The name itself connotes illegal government activity that the American people will never tolerate, regardless of their partisanship.”
“This latest news proves that the CDC is going full steam ahead with its vetting campaign against outspoken citizens,” Roy told Fox News. “This new taxpayer-funded initiative — to further scientific research — — would instead stifle researchers and anyone who dares to take issue with the Biden administration’s changing COVID narrative, which is unsurprising and unacceptable.”
It’s unclear how the model will determine what constitutes “misinformation.”
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