Whistleblower leaks details of Facebook’s ‘Vaccine Hesitancy” censorship campaign

The Facebook whistleblower who sounded the alarm on the platform’s “vaccine hesitancy” censorship campaign, Morgan Kahmann, appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday evening to discuss the aftermath of going public with Project Veritas.

(Video: Fox News)

On the censorship program Facebook is dubiously employing, Kahmann told Carlson: Anything that questions the vaccine or the narrative regarding the vaccine, which is, you know, everyone should get the vaccine and the vaccine is good and you’re not going to get many bad side effects, anything outside of that realm is basically considered under ‘vaccine hesitancy’ by Facebook’s algorithms.”

Carlson explained that Tier One “vaccine hesitancy” is defined by comments like “If the vaccines are so useful, why do we still need to wear a mask or socially distance afterwards?”

When asked why Facebook would want to ban people from asking questions or reporting real side effects, Kahmann replied: “They’re afraid of what people might conclude if they see that other people are having negative side effects. They think that this is going to drive up vaccine hesitancy among the population and they see that as something that they have to combat.

“My moral compass says that is not the right thing to do because basically, the users at Facebook are not aware that this is going on and if you’re using Facebook or a social platform and they’re censoring the content of your comments unbeknownst to you, I think that’s highly immoral,” he added.

Tucker then asked what motivated Kahmann to come forward publicly with this information. 

“I believe that any consequences that are bestowed onto me by Facebook as a result of this leak and these documents that I leaked to Project Veritas- I think that all of these consequences don’t really weigh much when it comes to having to live with myself,” Kahmann responded. “I saw these documents and I had to opportunity to, you know, show the public this and what’s going on behind the scenes and I didn’t do it, and so I wouldn’t be able to live with myself after that.” 

For his heroism and following his moral compass, Facebook has since suspended Kahmann pending an “investigatory meeting” which he said was ultimately “canceled.”

In his initial statements to Project Veritas, Kahmann explained the function of the vaccine hesitancy program: 

“Facebook uses classifiers in their algorithms to determine certain content… they call it ‘vaccine hesitancy.’ And without the user’s knowledge, they assign a score to these comments that’s called the ‘VH Score,’ the ‘Vaccine Hesitancy Score, and then based on that score will demote or leave the comment alone depending on the content within the comment.”

 

Kahmann said Facebook was running the algorithm test on 1.5 percent of its 3.8 billion users with the focus on the comments sections on “authoritative health pages.”  

“They’re trying to control this content before it even makes it onto your page before you even see it,” Kahmann maintained. 

The assigned scores are divided into two tiers, “Alarmism & Criticism” and “Indirect Vaccine Discouragement” which is anything that may discourage others from taking the vaccine. The algorithm reportedly flags key terms in comments to determine whether or not it can remain in place but allows human “raters” to ultimately make a ruling if the algorithm cannot do so itself.  

In March of 2021, Facebook revealed that it would be employing informational labels on posts about vaccines in what they said was an effort to curb misinformation on COVID-19. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post that the labels will contain ‘credible information’ on the vaccines from the World Health Organization. 

Fox News reported that Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the whistleblower. 

Kay Apfel

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