Black Doctors Are Being Targeted On Clubhouse After Trying To Educate People About The COVID Vaccine

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    In the midst of a turbulent COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States, the internet has seen a flurry of misinformation about the shots.

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    Now, doctors and healthcare professionals are speaking out publicly about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. One platform they've zeroed in on is Clubhouse, the invite-only voice-app that has attracted prominent users like Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey, and Tiffany Haddish.

    The app allows people to create rooms around specific topics where anyone can join as an audience member. If someone wants to be a part of the conversation, they can virtually raise their hand and be added as a speaker.

    But this format, coupled with a dearth of moderation, has opened the door for harassment against Black doctors who are fighting a battle against vaccine distrust, particularly in the Black community, according to five healthcare professionals who spoke with Insider.

    When doctors have spoken out about the vaccine and challenged misinformation about COVID-19, they've been met with a virtual mob that bullies, spreads conspiracy theories, and in at least one case, allegedly sends death threats.

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