US President vs. Facebook
The corona vaccination campaign in the USA is slow. US President Joe Biden also sees the problem in misinformation on Facebook.
Washington – German politicians fear that herd immunity against Corona will be achieved. The Ministry of Health under Jens Spahn (CDU) is therefore wooing vaccine opponents. In the US, the government is a bit more offensive: Joe Biden has now named fake news as a cause of the misery.
In Biden’s view, misinformation on social media such as Facebook about the virus and vaccinations are responsible for the death of many people. When asked by the reporter what message he had given its dissemination for platforms like Facebook, the US President said: “You are killing people”.
The pandemic in the United States has become a “pandemic among the unvaccinated,” said Biden on Friday in the garden of the White House. Facebook immediately rejected Biden’s accusation as unfounded.
Corona crisis and fake news in the USA: “Insidious threat to health”
In the USA, the number of new infections has recently risen again rapidly in areas with a lower vaccination rate, driven by the particularly contagious delta mutation. The vaccination campaign, on the other hand, is only making slow progress. According to the CDC health authority, a good 185 million people have received at least the first corona vaccination so far – this corresponds to around 56 percent of the entire population.
It was only on Thursday that the US government’s chief health officer, Vivek Murthy, warned of the effects of fake news. “We live in a world today where misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to the health of our nation.”
During the pandemic, misinformation resulted in people not wearing masks. Now people would choose not to get vaccinated because of this. Modern technology companies have made it possible for “misinformation to poison our information environment,” he complained. (AFP / frs)