On Friday, President Joe Biden made the bizarre claim that Facebook and other social media companies are “killing people” by not doing enough to remove what the administration says is misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines from their platforms, as Reuters reports.
During an exchange with reporters outside the White House on Friday, Biden was asked what his message would be to tech giants such as Facebook in terms of their management of cornonavirus vaccine “misinformation,” and that is when he leveled his accusation.
“I mean they really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s – they’re killing people,” said Biden, continuing the message communicated earlier by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, as CNBC reported.
Prior to Biden’s remarks, Psaki said during a press briefing that the White House was flagging posts for Facebook believed by the administration to be problematic or capable of spreading “misinformation” regarding vaccine side effects.
Psaki implored Facebook and similar sites to combat erroneous material, adjust their algorithms to promote what the administration deems high quality information, and to ban users who communicate information the White House does not like and suspects could be driving vaccine hesitancy among certain groups.
“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 social and traditional media, Psaki said, adding, “We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking in the Surgeon General’s office.”
In response to President Biden’s incendiary comments, Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen on Saturday published a blog post refuting claims that the company had not done its part to boost vaccine rates and weed out supposedly dangerous content.
Citing data meant to show a sharp decline in vaccine hesitancy among the site’s users in recent weeks, Rosen asserted, “These and other facts tell a very different story to the one promoted by the administration in recent days.”
Given the shameful recent history of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms when it comes to blatant censorship of any pandemic-related information deemed contrary to the dictates of Dr. Anthony Fauci or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it seems a bit rich that Biden is now attempting to blame those same firms for his administration’s failure to meet its own vaccination goals.