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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 127555, tabled on 9 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle misinformation on the covid-19 vaccine.

Answered on

14 December 2020

The Government takes the issue of misinformation and disinformation very seriously. That is why we stood up the Counter Disinformation Unit up on 5 March to bring together cross-Government monitoring and analysis capabilities.

We are working closely with social media platforms to help them identify and remove incorrect claims about the virus, particularly around the vaccine, and to promote authoritative information. Vaccine misinformation is harmful and it is everyone's responsibility to access information from authoritative sources and not share false or misleading information.

In a meeting with the Digital Secretary and Health Secretary last month social media companies agreed to continue to work with public health bodies to ensure that authoritative messages about vaccine safety reach as many people as possible; to commit to swifter responses to flagged content and to commit to the principle that no user or company should directly profit from COVID-19 vaccine mis/disinformation.