Facebook blamed for misinformation

Joe Biden, Big Tech

Biden blames FB for vaccine misinformation. Surgeon General issues warning.

Where: Washington, DC

The Facts

▪ On Friday, President Joe Biden told reporters that vaccine misinformation is spreading on social media platforms like Facebook, and are “killing people.”

▪ The US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, issued a broad warning against health misinformation.

▪ Murthy stated that tech companies were partially responsible for spreading falsehoods resulting in many Americans avoiding vaccinations.

▪ A Facebook spokeswoman, Dani Lever, said in a statement, “We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts,” adding, “The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives.”

▪ On Friday, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, stated that the White House is in regular communication with social media platforms, urging them to remove false narratives.

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