Social media platforms circulating misinformation about the pandemic and vaccines “are killing people“said the US president on Friday, Joe Biden.
Asked by journalists about his message to groups like Facebook in relation to disinformation about covid-19, the president said: “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 The Biden government drastically hardened its tone this week against big tech groups, calling on them to further fight false information about coronavirus vaccines.
“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 from other platforms “owned by Facebook, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday, without naming names.
“Facebook needs to be faster to delete dangerous messages And they break the rules, the messages that break their rules often persist for days. It’s too much time. Information travels too fast, “he added.
Mark Zuckerberg’s group defended itself, claiming to have already removed “more than 18 million pieces of misinformation about COVID” and “distributed reliable information about COVID-19 and vaccines to more than 2 billion people.”
The United States is working to relaunch coronavirus vaccination, 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.
“There is a clear message that is coming: this is turning into a pandemic of the unvaccinated“Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 both by fake 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.