On Saturday, Facebook rebutted U.S. President Biden’s claim that the social network site is “killing people” by letting disinformation about CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (COVID–19) shots spread, claiming that the facts contradict Biden’s claims.
“They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement obtained by NBC’s Dylan Beyers on Saturday, July 17.
Facebook has long been criticized by researchers and legislators for failing to control dangerous information on its services.
The White House says the corporation has failed, while Facebook has made official declarations about how they’ve worked with the government and taken significant steps to combat vaccination disinformation.
When questioned at the White House on Friday about disinformation and his opinion about social network sites like Facebook, Biden said, “They’re killing people. … Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
The statements from the White House provoked swift criticism from Facebook.
“The data shows that 85% of Facebook users in the United States have been or want to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Guy Rosen, a Facebook vice president in a company blog post. “President Biden’s goal was for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4. Facebook is not the reason this goal was missed.”
The emergence of the extremely infectious Delta strain, vaccination apprehension among youngsters, and polls indicate that a significant proportion of unimmunized individuals distrust the information they are getting.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, also revealed on Thursday that the government has been reporting information to Facebook for removal.
Some Republicans and others accuse the administration of being too friendly with the social media corporation in its attempts to eradicate controversial material. At the same time, the White House is embroiled in a public battle with Facebook.
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Tex.) told Fox News that Democrats support the First Amendment unless they disagree with what was said. Gooden has organized a House group geared at regulating the tech industry.
“Normalizing government collusion with Big Tech to censor anything they deem to be misinformation actually puts our First Amendment rights in jeopardy,” he went on to say.