Tech companies are never neutral—they make decisions about what content to allow (or not) on their platforms every day. Black doctors—often after working long shifts fighting COVID-19—are stepping up to disrupt disinformation on the app since Clubhouse leaves the moderation to the app’s users, who control who gets to speak in certain rooms. Clubhouse has become so popular in the Black community that misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines can’t be ignored. The virus has disproportionately affected Black people, who are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than White, non-Hispanics, and 2.8 times more likely to die from the disease. MediaJustice National Organizer Erin Shields explains in Bloomberg.
“Black people are acting as first responders in the disinformation crisis.”Erin Shields via Bloomberg