'Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee in the U.S. Congress on October 23, 2019.
One of the Representatives who questioned Mr. Zuckerberg was Florida Congressman Bill Posey.
Congressman Posey addressed Mr. Zuckerberg with the following:
Unfortunately, some in politics and the media see their role as cajoling Facebook to censor its users’ speech.
In April I wrote you that I was disappointed that Facebook would consider restricting free speech rights to communicate the risk associated with vaccinations.
I support vaccinations of children and adults, but I also support open and frank communication of the risk of vaccination.
Every person should make vaccination decisions with full information. In recognition of the uncertainties of the risk of vaccination, the federal government has created a vaccination trust fund that has paid out over four billion dollars to compensate those who have been injured by vaccinations.
There’s no more clear or persuasive statement that the risk associated with vaccinations, then the existence of the payment record of that fund.
From time to time medical research has established case and context of specific risks associated with vaccinations.
I wrote you when another member of the House made claims that the risk of vaccinations should not exist and that Facebook should police communications related to the vaccination risks.
Today you testified that you believe in giving people a voice.
Mr. Zuckerberg, is Facebook able to assure us that it will support users fair and open discussions and communications related to the risk as well as the benefits of vaccinations?
Mr. Zuckerberg’s reply:
Congressman, thanks for the question.
We do care deeply about giving people a voice and freedom of expression; those are some of the founding values of the company.
At the same time, we also hear consistently from our community that people want us to stop the spread of misinformation.
So what we do, is we try to focus on misinformation that has the potential to lead to physical harm, or imminent harm.
And that can include especially misleading health advice. There was a hoax that was going viral a number of months back that those are saying…..
Let’s just speak to this subject, because our time is very limited.
Are you 100% confident that vaccines posed no injury to any person on this planet?
Congressman, I don’t think it would be possible for anyone to be a hundred percent confident, but my understanding of the scientific consensus is that…. it is important that people get their vaccines.'
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