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Official information about COVID-19 safety and vaccines is reaching fewer Black people on Facebook than other demographic groups, according to data from The Markup’s Citizen Browser project.
The Markup’s findings come as several reports point to racial disparities in the U.S. around who has been able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Experts cite several factors to explain the discrepancy—medical mistrust due to a history of discrimination and a lack of vaccination sites in Black neighborhoods, as well as gaps in reliable access to information on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and how and where to get them.