On July 19, US President Joe Biden said that “Facebook doesn’t kill people” when the platform allows the sharing of “misinformation” about COVID-19, and urged the company to handle more than Dozens of users are spreading “fake news” about vaccines.
President Joe Biden. (Photo: YASAMIN JAFARI TEHRANI/Shutterstock)
On July 19, Joe Biden sought to clarify, or at least partially repeat, his recent statement to reporters outside the White House last week that Facebook is “killing people” through the allowing the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. On July 16, the incumbent President was asked by reporters what message he wanted to send to social media regarding “virtual” posts and public health misinformation. copper.
According to Joe Biden, sharing such “false” information is keeping people from getting vaccinated. The Facebook side was very angry and rejected this comment of the President.
“My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, [feeling narcissistic] when I say Facebook is killing people, that they will do something to address this misinformation problem. That’s my idea,” Biden told reporters at the White House on the morning of July 19.
“Facebook doesn’t kill people. These 12 people gave false information. Anyone who listens to such information will be at a disadvantage. This bad news is killing people,” the president said, referring to a study that claimed that there are more than a dozen accounts on Facebook that are fueling the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.
Earlier, on July 16, Biden told reporters: “I mean the only pandemic we have is coming from unvaccinated people, and they [Facebook] are killing people.” . He noted that only a small number of users of the platform are reported to have made “false” information about vaccinations.