Biden: Social Media 'Kills' People Through COVID-19 Misinformation

Saturday, 17-July-2021 19:10

United States President Joe Biden at a press conference.
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United States President Joe Biden at a press conference.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - United States President Joe Biden has said social media like Facebook are "killing people" for allowing misinformation about the coronavirus to spread around.

"They're killing people... Look, the only pandemic we've had is in people who weren't vaccinated. They're killing people," Biden said at the White House when answering a question about misinformation, as quoted by Reuters on Saturday (07/17/2021).

Hoaxes about COVID-19 are often found on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Researchers and policy makers have repeatedly accused Facebook of failing to address the circulation of malicious content.

Facebook said they already had a rule against false claims about vaccines and COVID-19, and had provided reliable information on the topic.

"We will not be distracted by allegations that are not supported by facts," said Facebook spokesman Kevin McAlister.

"In fact, more than two billion people watch official information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, more than anywhere else on the internet," McAlister said.

"More than 3.3 million Americans also use devices to find out where and how to get vaccines. The facts show Facebook helps save lives. Period," he said.

Twitter and YouTube have no comment on this issue.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki also criticized Facebook.

"Sure, there are steps they've taken. They're a private company. There are additional steps they can take. It's clear that there's more that can be taken," Psaki said.

Psaki said 12 people were responsible for more than 65 hoaxes about vaccines circulating on social media, citing data from the Center for Countering Digital Hate in May. Facebook doubts the research method, as reported by Antara.

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