BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Division of Well being on Tuesday switched off feedback on its social media accounts, saying it was doing so to fight the unfold of misinformation.
The company mentioned in a press release Monday that its social media accounts “will proceed to be a supply for sharing verified public well being info to assist North Dakotans make knowledgeable choices.”
The remark ban “will likely be utilized to all posts, and never be particular to any explicit matter,” the company mentioned.
The well being division is a cabinet-level company and its head serves on the discretion of the governor. Mike Nowatzki, Gov. Doug Burgum’s spokesman, referred questions in regards to the ban to the well being division, which didn’t instantly return phone calls Tuesday.
U.S. well being officers have mentioned misinformation on social media platforms has brought about some to withstand getting vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus.
North Dakota has one of many lowest vaccination charges within the U.S., with simply over half of the inhabitants finishing their required doses regardless of the widespread availability of photographs.
The posts on the North Dakota well being division’s Fb web page instantly following the announcement had been blended, with some folks applauding the company, whereas others complained it was a free speech infringement that discounted different viewpoints.