According to the Center for Countering Digital Hate report which was cited by the White House, the majority of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine were reportedly published by only 12 people, a collection they call the "disinformation dozen."
"Just twelve anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms," states the CCDH. "This new analysis of content posted or shared to social media over 812,000 times between February and March uncovers how a tiny group of determined anti-vaxxers is responsible for a tidal wave of disinformation - and shows how platforms can fix it by enforcing their standards."
The "disinformation dozen" is reportedly accountable for 65 percent of anti-vaccine content on both Facebook and Twitter, with up to 73 percent of the content originating from the collection on Facebook.
Included in the dozen is "anti-vaccine entrepreneur" Joseph Mercola, founder of the Children’s Health Defense Robert F. Kennedy Jr., osteopath physician Sherri Tenpenny, and obstetrics and gynecology physician Christiane Northrup.
Posts from the group call into question mask-wearing, vaccine efficacy, side effects, and promotes conspiracy theories that the vaccine makes you sterile as well as the longstanding opinion that they cause autism, amongst other radical ideas.
Hawley called the CCDH into question on Tuesday, pointing out that the center had tried to deplatform the Federalist last year.
"For days now, the Biden’s Administration has said 12 people are 'guilty' of spreading #COVID19 'misinformation' on social media. Who compiled this list for them? The Center for Countering Digital Hate. A foreign dark money group," Hawley announced.
This is the same dark money group that tried to have the conservative @FDRLST deplatformed last year. And they’ve gone after other conservative sites as well, like @BreitbartNews," he went on.
Hawley proceeds to question where the group gets their funding from, implying that foreign governments may have a part to play.
"But who is funding this overseas dark money group - Big Tech? Billionaire activists? Foreign governments? We have no idea. Americans deserve to know what foreign interests are attempting to influence American democracy," Hawley wrote.
Hawley furthermore sounded off on the Biden administration's "insane" push for text surveillance in an attempt to dispel vaccine "misinformation" on Wednesday's "Fox News Primetime," insisting that the move bears resemblance to "something out of Beijing" and questioning its legality.
" It sounds like something out of Beijing. I mean, we know that the Communist Chinese Party has built this surveillance state and now it sounds like Joe Biden wants to bring that to the United States of America", Hawley said.