Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation

Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation


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The White House escalated its fight against vaccine misinformation on Friday, with President Biden directly criticizing Facebook and other platforms for allowing vaccine misinformation to spread — and consequently raising the ongoing death toll from the deadly pandemic.

Asked for a message to platforms like Facebook, Biden replied, “They’re killing people … the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification of the president’s comments.

The full exchange is embedded below:

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