President Biden took a sharp jab at Facebook and other social networks, saying that they are “killing people” by facilitating the spread of misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.
Asked by a reporter Friday what his message was to platforms like Facebook regarding COVID-19 disinformation, Biden replied: “They’re killing people.” He was addressing reporters the South Lawn of the White House.
“Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people,” the president continued.
Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had criticized Facebook for not doing more to stop misinformation about vaccines, calling it a “life-or-death issue.” About Facebook, she said, “They’re a private sector company. They’re going to make decisions about additional steps they can take. It’s clear there are more that can be taken.”
Facebook has touted efforts to improve access to information about vaccines and how to get vaccinated, making it easier for people to share their support for vaccines, “and reducing misinformation about vaccines.” The company claims that millions of people have visited the Facebook vaccine-finder tool since it launched in March.
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In addition, Facebook said it has given millions of ad credits to help governments, nongovernmental organizations and other groups to “reach people with COVID-19 vaccine information and other important messages,” resulting in more than 10 billion ad impressions globally.
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