Facebook Accuses Biden Administration of Looking For ‘Scapegoat’ After He Accuses Them Of ‘Killing People’
Facebook has come back against the White House after it appeared that the Biden administration blamed the social media giant for waning vaccinations due to allowing “misinformation.”
The Biden administration set a goal of having 70 percent of American adults vaccinated by July 4, which it only missed by three percent. Still, where it is placing the blame and what it wants to do about it, both had people furious.
Joe Biden was asked what message he would have for companies like Facebook, who have allowed vaccine disinformation on their platforms.
“They’re killing people,” he said. “I mean they really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people.”
Those comments by Biden infuriated Facebook.
“In private exchanges, the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19. They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals,” a Facebook official said to NBC News on the condition of anonymity.
It followed a lengthier statement by Facebook explaining what steps it has taken to help the vaccine effort.
“We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts,” a spokesperson for Facebook said. “The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to determine where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
The comments from Biden came after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called for people to be banned from every platform if they share any information about the vaccine that is deemed to be not true.
“We’re dealing with a life-or-death issue here, and so everybody has a role to play in making sure there’s accurate information,” 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.”
“This is troubling but a persistent narrative that we and many have seen, and we want to know that the social media platforms are taking steps to address it,” she said of the false claim that the vaccines cause infertility. “That is inaccurate, false information.”
She said that The White House wants to see Facebook act quicker to remove posts that share fake information about the vaccines.
“As you all know, information travels quite quickly,” she said. “If it’s up there for days and days and days when people see it — it’s hard to put that back in a box.”
That came a day after she said that the administration was flagging posts for Facebook to check.
“We are regularly making sure social media platforms are aware of the latest narratives dangerous to public health that we and many other Americans are seeing across all of the social and traditional media,” she said. “We work to engage with them to better understand the enforcement of social media platform policy,” she said.
And she said that if you are banned from one social media platform, you should be banned from all of them if you are giving misinformation.
“You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there,” she said.
This is new territory for Facebook and the Biden administration. During the 2020 election, Facebook was accused by some of helping the Biden campaign by helping to squash a story by The New York Post about information allegedly found on the laptop of Hunter Biden.
Cross-posted from Conservative Brief
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