A viral tweet takes a statement from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about COVID-19 vaccine mandates out of context to falsely push the claim that Florida schools will no longer require any vaccinations. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Outrage and anger are powerful drivers of engagement on social media, and sharing comments, photos and video clips out of context can be easy ways to provoke these emotions. While this post might initially seem like an accurate representation of the retweeted statement from DeSantis, it is grossly misleading. However, social media users casually scrolling through their feeds may react without pausing long enough to figure this out — especially if they have strong feelings about the importance of vaccines or strong partisan opinions about DeSantis. If DeSantis had actually repealed all vaccine mandates for Florida schools, it would have made national headlines.
- “Fact Check: Gov. DeSantis Did NOT Say FL Schools Would Not Require Any Vaccinations Against Infectious Diseases -- Only COVID-19” (Christiana Dillard, Lead Stories).
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