Former Trump cybersecurity chief Krebs sees similarities between vaccines and election misinformation


Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), compared the spread of the COVID-19 vaccine with the misinformation surrounding the 2020 presidential election.

Krebs joined CBS News of John Dixon on Sunday morning Face the country Performance. The conversation started with Krebs’s view of the misinformation that was swarming to the vaccine. Dixon asked the former CISA director if he noticed similarities with his fight against election misinformation.

“Of course,” Krebs replied. “What we see here is an ecosystem of information providers. Some of them are politically motivated. Some of them are anti-vax communities. Some of them are profiteering. I tend to believe that a lot of things are happening here.”

.@C_C_Krebs Regarding misinformation and an “extraordinary week in claims”: “What we see here is an ecosystem of information providers. Some of them are politically motivated. Some of them are anti-vax communities. You know, some of them are profiteering Profiteering.” pic.twitter.com/x0pXsNyCpk

-Face the Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 18, 2021

Former president Donald Trump Fired Krebs from his position Department of Homeland Security After Krebs supported the then president’s allegations of election fraud. Krebs called this election “the safest election in American history.”He later Prosecute Trump campaign lawyer Joe DiGenova (Joe DiGenova) was slandered and emotionally troubled after his lawyer called for him to be executed on Newsmax.

Krebs was also asked to pay attention to changes in the types of misinformation currently being spread compared to when he was at CISA. He said he believes that many actors are involved in disseminating misinformation, including foreign entities.

“There are state actors, intelligence agencies. Similarly, profiteers, you have conspiracy theorists, anti-vaccineists. You also have political activists…you often have overlaps of these different actors.” Krebs said .

“[Russian disinformation specialists] Actually, we don’t have to do a lot of things, because we have done a lot of things to ourselves at home,” Krebs said. “But they got the seeds of division, and then magnified them, they promoted more activities, and eventually became the pursuit of this. Doing it is undermining our confidence in the United States of America. “

Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, spoke of misinformation about elections and vaccines on Sunday. Above, Krebs speaks at the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Krebs again mentioned the similarities between vaccines and elections FacebookRole in spreading beneficial and harmful communication. He said that the Biden administration and Facebook’s recent accusations of COVID-19 misinformation are correct.

“Facebook and other social media platforms can provide useful information about the facts behind the vaccine. The same thing happened in last year’s election. They have a banner and a trust page. But at the same time, some people can use these platforms for their own sake. The benefit of continuing to spread false information,” Krebs said.

president Joe Biden It said on Friday that a total of 12 accounts were responsible for most of the vaccine misinformation on Facebook and that the platform was “killing” people. Facebook retorted in a blog post that 85% of its users have been vaccinated or planned to be vaccinated, and the government is “looking for a scapegoat for failing to achieve the vaccine goal.”

Krebs claimed that the “Dirty Dozen” of these accounts contributed to misinformation about vaccines, but the problem didn’t stop there. He said that although many of these 12 vaccines have been de-platformed, misinformation has become part of the rhetoric surrounding vaccines.

“[Vaccine misinformation] It is so common now that it naturally exists in the ecosystem of Facebook and elsewhere,” Krebs said.

Krebs called on Facebook to be more transparent about its algorithms so that security experts and consumers can hold users who spread misinformation accountable.

“Unfortunately, fear of sales and these clicks drive more participation,” Krebs told Dixon.

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