US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) talked about Facebook on Monday in a softer tone, after he said last week that the social media company allowed the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine and was “killing.”
US President Biden told reporters on Monday that he meant to accuse the dozen or so users who spread the most misinformation on social media platforms, not the company itself.
“Facebook doesn’t kill people,” he said. “These 12 people are there to provide wrong information. Anyone who hears it will be hurt. This is killing. This is bad information.”
He also said that he hopes Facebook will take more measures to prevent the spread of misinformation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also tried to clarify Biden’s remarks. She said: “We are not fighting against Facebook, we are fighting against the virus.”
COVID-19 misinformation was spread on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s YouTube during the pandemic. For a long time, researchers and lawmakers have accused Facebook of failing to monitor harmful content on its platform.
When asked about his information on Facebook and other social media platforms on Friday, Biden replied: “They are killing people….Look, our only epidemic is people who have not been vaccinated. They are kill.”
Facebook responded fiercely last week, saying that 85% of its users have been vaccinated or want to be vaccinated. “President Biden’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4. Facebook is not the reason for failing to achieve this goal,” said Facebook’s corporate vice president Guy Rosen (Guy Rosen). Said in a corporate blog post.
The company has established rules that prohibit specific false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines to prevent disease, and stated that it provides people with reliable information on these topics.
© Thomson Reuters 2021