The platforms of social networks, where it circulates disinformation about the pandemic and vaccines, “are killing people”, criticized the president of the United States, Joe Biden, this Friday (16).
Asked by journalists about his message to companies like Facebook regarding the disinformation about covid-19, the president said: “they are killing people”.
“The only pandemic we have is among those who have not been vaccinated. They are killing people,” he said before leaving the White House by helicopter.
The Biden administration has toughened its tone this week against the big tech groups, urging them to fight more against false information about covid-19 vaccines.
“There are about 12 people producing 65% of misinformation against vaccines on social networks. All remain active on Facebook, although some have even been banned on other platforms” belonging to Facebook, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said without naming names.
“Facebook needs to be faster to remove dangerous messages that violate the rules. They persist for days. Is a long time. Information travels very fast,” he added.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company defended itself, claiming to have already removed “more than 18 million inaccurate information about coronavirus” and “distributed reliable information about covid-19 and vaccines to more than 2 billion people“.
The United States is working to reinvigorate coronavirus vaccination, especially in light of the rapid spread of Delta variant. According to health officials, the current rise in covid-19 infections and deaths across the country almost exclusively affects people who have not been vaccinated.
“There is a clear message being conveyed: this is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic“, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told reporters on Friday.
Many of those who refuse to be immunized, despite the easy availability of doses in the United States, said they did not trust vaccines.
Skepticism is fueled both by false posts by anti-vaccine activists on social media, and by Republican politicians who claim that vaccines are part of the government’s attempts to control it.
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