Hard Truths About Mistruths: US FDA’s Califf Switching Gears On Misinformation Fight
Fighting misinformation likely will not be successful, the FDA commissioner concedes, but stakeholders should join the campaign to increase the dissemination of truthful information.
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As discussion continues on the role of artificial intelligence in tackling misinformation and who gets to decide what information AI synthesizes, Califf and CBER’s Peter Marks call on clinical and biomedical community to dilute misinformation about vaccines with large amounts of scientific evidence.
Commissioner says agency’s speech restrictions to protect confidential commercial information ‘have gone too far,’ and may need to be modified to tackle spread of misinformation. Experts also said US FDA needs to do a better job conveying the uncertainty inherent in its work.
New report offers a five-point plan for FDA to improve the public’s understanding of its role including pushing the agency to be more proactive in listening for, spotting, and addressing misconceptions before they escalate. But experts caution that this must be done carefully, or it could fuel more distrust.