Platforms social networks where disinformation circulates about the pandemic and vaccines “are killing people”The US president said on Friday, Joe biden.
Consulted by journalists about what was your message to groups like Facebook Regarding misinformation about covid-19, the president noted: “They are killing people. “
“The only pandemic we have is among those who are not vaccinated. They are killing people, “he said before leaving the White House by helicopter.
The Biden administration has dramatically toughened its tone this week against big tech groups, calling on them to fight more against false information about coronavirus vaccines.
Facebook, in the crosshairs of the US government (Photo: AFP)
“There are about 12 people who are producing 65% of the misinformation against vaccines on social media platforms. All remain active on Facebook, although some have even been banned on other platforms “owned by Facebook, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday, without naming names.
“Facebook needs to be faster to remove dangerous and rule-breaking messages, messages that break its rules often persist for days. It’s too long. Information travels too fast,” he added.
The United States is working to relaunch vaccination against coronavirus, particularly in the face of the rapid spread of the delta variant. According to health authorities, the current increase in infections and deaths from covid-19 throughout the country is almost exclusively affecting people who remain unvaccinated.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Photo: AP
“There is a clear message that is getting through: this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters on Friday.
Many of those who refuse to inoculate, despite the easy availability of doses throughout the United States, have said they do not trust vaccines.
Skepticism is being fueled by both Fake posts by anti-vaccine activists on social media, as by Republican politicians who claim that vaccines are part of the government’s attempts to control.
Mark Zuckerberg’s group defended itself, claiming to have already removed “more than 18 million pieces of disinformation about the covid” and “distributed to more than 2 billion people reliable information on covid-19 and vaccines.”
Meanwhile, Facebook rejected the president’s criticism, saying he is working to save lives. “We will not be distracted by accusations that are not supported by fact.”the social network said in a statement.
More than 2 billion people accessed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is far more than any other website, the social network said.
With information from AFP.