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The Real Facebook Oversight Board

Protest brings body bags to Facebook's DC headquarters

A group called The Real Facebook Oversight Board is protesting the spread of disinformation on the social network.

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Protestors placed body bags bearing the phrase "Disinfo Kills" in front of Facebook's Washington offices.

The Real Facebook Oversight Board

A year-old watchdog group placed body bags in front of Facebook's offices in Washington, D.C., as part of a protest over disinformation on the social network.

The Real Facebook Oversight Board, a group of critics that includes early investor Roger McNamee, staged the Wednesday protest as concerns mount about vaccine disinformation on the world's biggest social network. The group released a report that focuses on the problem, including a group of disinformation "superspreaders," as the protest took place.

"Facebook disinformation kills," the group, which is part of a nonprofit called The Citizens, said in a tweet. 

The protest took place hours before Facebook is due to report second-quarter earnings. It comes as concern about vaccine disinformation on social media mounts. President Joe Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have both singled out misinformation as a public threat during the pandemic.

"We permanently ban Pages, Groups, and accounts that repeatedly break our rules on COVID misinformation, and this includes more than a dozen Pages, Groups, and accounts from these individuals," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.