After telling Facebook that “They’re killing people” by not censoring posts about the coronavirus, President Biden now says the social media giant shouldn’t be taking his comment “personally.”
On Friday, was asked if he had a “message to platforms like Facebook,” ABC News reports:
As the president was leaving the White House for Camp David on Friday afternoon, he was asked, specifically, "On COVID misinformation, what's your message to platforms like Facebook?"
Biden answered, "They're killing people. I mean, it really -- look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people."
“Facebook isn’t killing people,” Biden said Monday, reacting Facebook’s criticism of his claim. “Instead of taking it personally,” Facebook should be censoring “the outrageous misinformation” currently allowed on its platform, Biden added, The Hill reports:
President Biden clarifies his comment saying Facebook is “killing people”: “My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally … that they would do something about the misinformation about the vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/cXts1vN3uq— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 19, 2021
"Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information," Biden told reporters after giving remarks about the economy, referencing a study that showed a dozen accounts on Facebook are responsible for the majority of misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine seen on the platform.
"My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine," Biden added. "That's what I meant."
On Friday, Facebook's V.P. of Integrity Guy Rosen responded to Biden's earlier claim, saying that its not his company's fault that vaccinations haven't met Biden's expectations and that his administration shouldn't be singling out and attacking "a handful of American social media companies."