US President Joe Biden took a softer tone when speaking about Fb on Monday, after saying final week that the social media firm was “killing individuals” by permitting the unfold of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
US President Biden advised reporters on Monday he meant to accuse a dozen customers who unfold probably the most quantity of misinformation on the social media platform, however not the corporate itself.
“Fb is not killing individuals,” he mentioned. “These 12 individuals are on the market giving misinformation. Anybody listening to it’s getting damage by it. It is killing individuals. It is unhealthy info.”
He additionally mentioned he hopes that Fb does extra to cease the unfold of misinformation.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki additionally tried to make clear Biden’s remarks. “We aren’t in a conflict or a battle with Fb, we’re in a battle with the virus,” she mentioned.
COVID-19 misinformation has unfold throughout the pandemic on social media websites together with Fb, Twitter, and Alphabet-owned YouTube. Researchers and lawmakers have lengthy accused Fb of failing to police dangerous content material on its platforms.
When requested on Friday about his message to Fb and different social media platforms, Biden responded: “They’re killing individuals. … Look, the one pandemic we now have is among the many unvaccinated. They usually’re killing individuals.”
Fb responded sharply final week, saying that 85 p.c of its customers have been vaccinated or wished to be. “President Biden’s objective was for 70 p.c of People to be vaccinated by July 4. Fb isn’t the rationale this objective was missed,” Fb mentioned in a company weblog publish by Man Rosen, an organization vice chairman.
The corporate has launched guidelines towards making particular false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines to forestall the sickness, and says it supplies individuals with dependable info on these matters.
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