Biden clarifies comment blaming Facebook over vaccine misinformation

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President Joe Biden tries to hear questions shouted by reporters as he heads to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 16, 2021, to spend the weekend at Camp David. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By Gideon Adonai

US President, Joe Biden, says Facebook isn’t to blame for deaths but adds that it needs to do more to stop social-media users from spreading lies.

On Friday, Biden was asked, “On the topic of disinformation, what’s your message to platforms like Facebook?” He responded, “They’re killing people. Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”

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Biden later said on Monday that he was reacting to a report that 60% of the misinformation about the vaccine on Facebook came from 12 individuals.

“Facebook isn’t killing people,” Biden said. “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. My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally that somehow I am saying that Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation. … That’s what I meant.”

The President said he hadn’t seen any indication that Facebook was doing enough to satisfy his concerns.

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