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Biden accuses Facebook of ‘killing people’ over COVID-19 misinformation

12:23, 17 July 2021
Biden accuses Facebook of ‘killing people’ over COVID-19 misinformation Photo: Scott Varley/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

President Biden was heavily criticized on social media on Friday after he accused Facebook of “killing people” deeming that the social giant allows users to share posts with the misinformation about vaccines.

Biden’s response to the reporter, who asked the president what was his message about “platforms like Facebook” on COVID-19 misinformation, rapidly spread on social media. Biden’s comments were exactly that: “They are killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they are killing people”.

The president’s opinion was blasted on Twitter.

"Are social media companies also guilty of 'killing people' if they allow content encouraging people to be obese, to consume fatty junk food, content which glorifies cigarette smoking and large amounts of alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle?" journalist Glenn Greenwald wondered. 

Facebook argued the president’s accusations by posting the following message saying the platform is actually saving lives, not ending them.

"We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period," the statement reads.