President Biden said Monday he wants social media companies to “look in the mirror” and combat bogus information about COVID-19 vaccines on their own, a clarification of prior remarks that seemed to suggest Facebook was “killing people.”
“Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people out there are giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it,” Mr. Biden told White House reporters. “It’s killing people, it’s bad information.”
“I mean they, really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s — they’re killing people,” the president said at the time.
Facebook took exception.
In a blog post, the company’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, pointed to data that found vaccine acceptance among Facebook users is increasing and reached 85%, so Mr. Biden shouldn’t blame them for falling short of his goals.
“The fact is that vaccine acceptance among Facebook users in the U.S. has increased,” Mr. Rosen wrote. “These and other facts tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration in recent days.”
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