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Facebook said an article that suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could be deadly was the most popular link on the site from January to March

Facebook said an article that suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could be deadly was the most popular link on the site from January to March


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Facebook withheld a Q1 report on popular content for fear of backlash, The New York Times reported Friday.




On Saturday, Facebook released the report, which said the most popular article on the platform cast doubt on the COVID-19 vaccine.




A Facebook spokesperson said the article "does illustrate just how difficult it is to define misinformation."




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The top-performing link on Facebook in the US from January to March suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could be deadly, according to a ]report released by the social media giant Saturday that identified the most popular content on the platform from January to March.Facebook has come under heightened scrutiny this year over misinformation about COVID-19 that has been shared on the platform, with President Joe Biden saying earlier this year that Facebook is "killing people." (He later walked back the comments.)Earlier this week, Facebook released a report that identified popular content from April to June, prompting questions over why data was not released for the first quarter of the year. The top-performing links in the Q2 report were mostly harmless content, things like sports, recipes, and animals.But The New York Times reported Friday the Q1 report had been intentionally withheld by senior executives for fear of backlash.
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