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President Joe Biden said social media companies like Facebook where disinformation related to the Covid-19 crisis and vaccinations has proliferated are “killing people” as the nation sees a rise in infections among unvaccinated Americans.
Asked for his message to platforms like Facebook as he left the White House on 16 July, the president said: “They’re killing people.”
“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that’s – they’re killing people,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly underscored the gravity of vaccine skepticism and hostility against a concerning rise in infections, while platforms like Facebook have allowed prominent users and pages to promote baseless medical claims.
“We’re dealing with a life or death issue here and so everybody has a role to play in making sure there’s accurate information,” she said. “They’re a private sector company. They’re gonna make decisions about additional steps they can take. It’s clear there are more that can be taken.”